Paul Dummett has suffered some kind of injury setback as he tries to come back from a hamstring injury he picked up last May, and he had returned to full training a couple of weeks ago.
But all is not well with Paul, and the Shields Gazette is reporting today he is being assessed by the Newcastle medical staff.
Paul Dummett in action against West Ham in May
But it is thought he will be out of action for a number of weeks.
Paul could be important to the Newcastle defense this season, because he can play anywhere along the back four, and while he usually plays at left back, he has played well in central defense when he’s been deployed there.
He has also played at right back for the first team.
Full back seems to be an area of weakness for us this season, since we only have Janmaat, Haidara and Dummett as specialist first team full-backs in the squad.
In January maybe Newcastle will try to bring in a top class full-back.
And last Tuesday – the final day of the summer transfer window – there were reports that Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace was willing to pay as much as £8M for Dummett, who was given a six year contract two years ago by the former Newcastle manager.
Dummett made his debut for Newcastle in the FA Cup tie at Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2013, which we lost 2-0, and he has been on loan at Gateshead and at St. Mirren.
Paul is not in the Wales squad and has still only played one game at the full International level.
Maybe something official about what exactly has happened to Paul will be announced by the club soon.
Paul has played 51 times with two goals for the Newcastle first team so far in his career, and he tunrs 24 later this month.