In his press conference yesterday for the game at Burnley on Monday night Rafa talked about Paul Dummett’s injury.
It’s another hamstring injury and while Paul will miss the game on Monday night at Turf Moor Rafa didn’t say when he would likely be able to return to the first team.
The manager didn’t want to put any date on Paul’s return.
Rafa said it’s very like Florian Lejeune – who is now back training with the first team squad. just a little more than four months since he had surgery on his ACL injury in Rome.
The Frenchman will be ready when he is ready, and Rafa will see how he performs in training.
Paul Dummett – no date for when he will return to the first team
This is what Rafa said yesterday:
“Florian Lejeune is an example.” “We don’t want to give a date. Also, if you put a date in the head of the players, sometimes it’s quicker.”
“In this case, we’ll just see how he (Paul) feels, and afterward we will continue.”
“You have a lot of managers complaining about the international break, not just because they play games and you change the way they train,”
“It’s also because they have to travel, and come back late without sleeping properly in the plane.”
“So many things are different that it’s a risk.”
It’s a reasonable thing not to put any pressure on a player coming back from injury by publicizing a date when he should return by.
But as we said yesterday it doesn’t look like Paul’s injury is too serious, but he has had trouble with hamstrings in the past so Rafa will not rush him back into the fray.
Maybe Javier Manquillo could get a chance to start the game on Monday night?