Rafa Refuses To Put Date On Paul Dummett Return

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?

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11 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I feel Manquillo will start

    Why are folk getting on their high horse with
    the Grauniad ?
    They mistakenly issued the wrong graphic
    showing Brighton’s team by mistake
    Can folk not work out that Brighton and Burnley
    are next to each other alphabetically thats all ?

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ve just realised I must be a paid shill
    for the Guardian

  • bettyswallocks

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib…… There are posters on here ( no names mentioned) that swear by everything that is published in the Guardian and quote it as though it’s the holy book. These people and their views have now been discredited along with this shameful newspaper.

  • magscar

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4


    Quite agree – something that would have been more humourously and adequately dealt with on NUFC .Com in “Coxy’s Corner”

  • magscar

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Personally whilst I prefer some newspapers to others I now very rarely buy any. Would the misplacing of a (online) graphic lead me to denounce any readers of a particular paper as being deluded half wits because of the error ? well it might if I was a frog.

    BBc had better watch out they don’t make a silialr graphical error as they will lose thou=sands of licence payers in disgust 😉

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Froggy go get the guardian shill. Get him!!!! Tool.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    The last time I checked the capacity of St. James Park was 52.404 that means there was about 3.000 vacant seats the last two home games!

    I am not going to take anything away from the MG, but at Magscar highlighted it’s not like they decided together to boy cut the games…

    OG…I have to disagree with you there mate. The poor performance this season and the fact that neither Watford nor Bournemouth are high profile teams have made a huge contribution to the attendance…in my opinion 🙂

    have a look at the attendance so far this season:

    11/8/2018 Tottenham Hotspur 51,749
    26/8/2018 Chelsea 52,165
    15/9/2018 Arsenal 52,165
    29/9/2018 Leicester City 51,523
    20/10/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 50,329
    3/11/2018 Watford 49,157
    10/11/2018 AFC Bournemouth 49,266

    Watford and Bournemouth are the least high profile games s far this season and they come after some poor results.

    Lets see how the attendance changes over the course of the next 3-4 home games…

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Réal Madrid lost 3-0 to Eibar 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Reckon Watford will rattle Liverpool today. That’s one manager to consider if rafa goes. Not the most expensive team, good work ethics, athletic with some decent football.

  • Jib

    Nov 24, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10

    I would assume that away supporters are part of the total
    I’m sure Chelsea bring more fans to SJP than Bournemouth

  • hibbit

    Nov 27, 2018 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #11



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