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.
What do you think?