News today that Chris Coleman the Wales manager has left Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett our of the Wales squad because it turns out he has been playing through the pain barrier with a sore heel.
In order to play Paul has had injections before the games and he needs a rest and hopefully he will get a two week rest after the game against Birmingham on Saturday afternoon during the International break.
Paul Dummett in training
It would be a surprise if he doesn’t play on Saturday, but if he is not available Newcastle have Jesus Gamez and Massadio Haidara who can play at left back.
It just so happens that American right-back DeAndre Yedlin is out for five weeks with his thigh problem, so we may be getting short of full-backs.
This is what Wales boss Chris Coleman has said about the 25 year-old local lad
“He’s got a problem with his heel, he’s played with an injection with his heel, might need another.”
“He needs a rest.”
“He’s not been starting, he’s been very patient.” “If we were bare defensively we would have called Newcastle, but we don’t need to do that.”
Paul has improved as a player this season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez and he has already made 35 appearances for the team as he has nailed down that left-back spot.
Paul also played through the pain barrier with a hamstring problem at the end of the 2014-2015 season under John Carver, but then he didn’t play again until the October of that year with the hamstring problem getting worse.
Hopefully this injury is not as bad as that one and he will be able to play in all 9 of our remaining games this season, which are critical as Newcastle try to get back to the Premier League.