Paul Dummett Not Available For Burnley – But Injury Doesn’t Appear Serious

Rafa has just finished giving his press conference this afternoon for the game on Monday night at Turf Moor against Burnley who are tied on 9 points from 12 games with Newcastle in the league

Paul Dummett will not be available for the game on Monday but his hamstring injury is being treated and Rafa says we will see how he is next week.

So those words suggest Paul does not have a serious injury – which is good news.

Rafa Benitez – at a previous press conference

These are some of the comments Rafa has made at his press conference this afternoon:

“Dummett is not available. He has been treated and we will see how he is in the next week.”

“Lejeune has been training but we don’t want to take risks yet. Lascelles, Shelvey and Muto have not had a full training session yet so we will wait to see on them”

“Sometimes you have a great game plan and you lose, sometimes you have an awful one and win.”

“You try to prepare things right and they go wrong sometimes the players make that different.”

“They (Burnley) are quite strong at home. They lost against some of the best teams but they are strong.”

“They create chances andit will be a tough game for sure.”

“They will try to get 3 points but the pressure is similar for both sides as we are close in the table”

That’s potentially good news if Dummett will only miss one or two games.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorenson would be better off going on loan, Gateshead is a good option as one thing it will do is toughen him up playing at that level.

    Good experience of playing weekly, aggressive football so maybe it’ll be good for a few months to get a taste of action at a much lower level but to improve other attributes of his game.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail that’s utter manure. I wasn’t quiet at all when we were winning. I was on here like other fans who could be. And happy to praise the team and management. I do think we were fortunate v Watford but glad to get the rub of the green. The difference between us is that if I think rafa is slow with subs or something I will say it, and you won’t. Its just an opinion. How many times have I said I would prefer rafa here, funded, to play the type of tight defence and fast counter attack that he wants? Jib was right about the jack Russell.

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Our Toon

    I’ve seen a lot of Sorensen over the last few years and one thing he doesn’t need is toughing up, that side of the lads game is solid.
    he needs to be playing at a much higher level than Gateshead he’ll just coast at that level far to good for that league a pointless loan .
    league one is were he should be playing getting game time every week at a decent level

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    I will be very disappointed if he joins Gateshead

  • Our Toon

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5


    It’s good to know that he doesn’t need toughening up, experience no matter what level though is crucial. Maybe the plan is get him to Gateshead so he does well which will hopefully result in a more meaningful loan next season to a div 1 team or championship side?

    Plenty of very good players have come through lower leagues and made it higher up, they’ve all said that experience in the lower leagues taught them alot. It’s better than playing for the u23s in my opinion as it gets him out of his comfort zone and in the firing line weekly!! Just a thought of course

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d much prefer him to stay at the club playing either as a sub off the bench for the 1st team or continuing bang them in for a very successful U23s side.

    But if he went to The Heed for half a season and helped get them promoted to League 2 I’d be over the moon!

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Nov 23, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Would much prefer him to stay and continue his development in the U21 / 23 – seems to be doing ok. Ideally he should be sub in the FA Cup game – especially at home – and given a second half run out!!

    Sorry Im thinking of Alex Hunter 😉

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Our Toon, Hibbitt – the Checkatrade trophy shows that many U21 teams from the Premier League are playing at the same level as League 1/2 teams. While ours was the only team to qualify as group winners, a good number of other U21 teams have also advanced. Obviously Premier League 2 is a similar standard to League 1/2, so why not keep our players close?

    I think at this point it seems like a waste of time loaning anyone playing at U21 to a non-league team and probably only limited value in sending them to League 1/2.

    Sorensen is close to the first team squad, we should keep him close to his friends and Rafa in my opinion, unless he can be placed with a team in the Championship (unlikely, I know)

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9

    On another note, I still think Rafa is playing his cards close to his chest – he says Lacelles and Shelvey have not had a full training session. What does that mean? They’ve obviously been training with the squad, otherwise he would just say they haven’t.

    I think he’s playing a certain amount of mind games with Sean Dyche and we won’t have a good idea of the starting line up till they’re announced on Monday evening.

  • Jib

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Jamie Vardy went to Halifax Town when he was 22
    It didn’t do him any harm 26 goals 37 games
    Then up a league to Fleetwood Town
    31 goals 36 games
    and the rest is history

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Is the U21 team just the U23’s minus the 22 and 23 year olds.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Is the U21 team just the U23’s minus the 22 and 23 year olds.

  • hibbit

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #13

    RobLeenio @8
    the big difference in going to a league 1/2 team as apposed to stay in the under 23 set up are the games played,
    league 1/2 teams play 3/4 games a fortnight were under 23 play 3 a month and that’s if they manage to stay in the cups
    no matter which way you look at it the kid needs to be playing at the highest level on a regular bases

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 23, 2018 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail, yep – it’s about what competitions we’re entered in and what the rules are for each.

    So, Premier League 2 allows players up to U23 plus a couple of over 23s (I forget the exact numbers) – essentially the reserve side.

    The Checkatrade Trophy allows U21s only, as far as I know, from Premier League teams.

    You get to see a progression, though – Matty Longstaff played in the U21s and did well, so has been given a run of games in the U23s as a reward. I’m pretty sure at the start of the season he wasn’t in the U23s squad.


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