Benitez Looking At All Options To Replace The Injured Dummett

Rafa Benitez talked at some length yesterday about Paul Dummett’s injury he picked up playing for Wales in the 2-1 defeat to Denmark.

It’s another hamstring injury for the left-back, and Paul has been prone to hamstring injuries during his career.

So it could be that Rafa doesn’t want to risk bringing Dummett back too early and he has various options to fill in for Dummett; the local lad will not be available for our game at Turf Moor on Monday night.

There are eight games to play before the end of the year, and Rafa will want Paul in those games as early as possible without risking a breakdown that could keep him out a lot longer.

Paul Dummett – injured playing for Wales

Rafa has Manquillo, Clark, and Kenedy who can play at left-back and he could even switch to a five-man defense.

Rafa says he’s studying every option available and seeing how the players are performing in training.

This is what Rafa said yesterday as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“We have to think about Clark, Manquillo, and Kenedy – different options.”

“Manquillo can play as a left full-back. It’s not his position, obviously, because he’s right-footed.”

“He’s been playing there for a while. Clark is left-footed. Kenedy is a wing back. We have options.”

“We’re analyzing everything (sincluding a 5 man defense). The first thing is to see how the players train.”

“He had the operation in one leg. That is in the other one, he had some little problems before.”

“But, because he (Paul) knows his body, normally he’s managing that.”

“In this case, an international game, he was there and we couldn’t have any control.”

“And then he carried on and felt it a little bit harder and then that’s it.”

“Now, it’s just to assess him and see how he progresses.”

“I don’t want to blame anyone. In the end, the players have some experience and also they can manage. It sometimes happens.”

“We were in contact with them  (Wales officials) and they had all the plan and everything that they were doing. But we cannot change anything now.”

“Some federations are easier (to deal with). Some federations are more difficult. It depends.”

“In this case, Wales were fine.”

It’s going to be interesting to see what Rafa does to fill in for Dummett, but if Manquillo is training well, the Spanish fullback could get his chance at Burnley.

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5 comments so far

  • mac the jaffrey

    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    Wish we were playing today, Monday seems an age away……biting at the bit to see us make it 3 out of 3

  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    mac – starts at midnight for me, and up at 6am for graft!

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    (Following on from reply to you on previous page)
    I went ‘shop shouting’ (as the league one shouters wittily put it) on Northumberland St a few times. Second one was poorly attended, in the rain. Yes we looked like right Charlie’s while passers by meandered by.. But I don’t blame the MG or give up. Fan apathy, sections of the media supportive of Ashley are the main obstacle.
    Poking fun, criticising as some do, while doing diddly squat is the failing, not an honest bunch of people doing what they can. What the fans could do if they got together in big enough numbers to join in a demo is mind boggling. I don’t understand why more don’t band together outside the ground to do a short show of support, unless they want to accept Ashley continuing to do what he’s always done. I accept its everyone’s choice as their own, but I don’t understand it.

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Looking at the training pics , Manquillo seems
    nailed on for the LB spot.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 24, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    If rafa goes 3 at the back I’d be amazed but impressed with his tactical flexibility. Jail I don’t know why you have to defend his work at Madrid. It didn’t go well and he was never a logical cultural choice for them even if he was there when younger.


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