When Paul Dummett was injured playing for Wales in the UEFA Nations League against Denmark on 16th November, fans were not too happy that he joined the Wales squad fir and came back with another hamstring strain.
But it seems that Paul was smart and when he felt the twinge he came off in the eventual 2-1 defeat against Denmark.
The tendency is to try to play on especially when he had started for Wales and had a rare opportunity to impress new manager Ryan Giggs.
And coming off early has helped Paul make a reasonably speedy recovery from the injury and he is fit again and came on for the last few minutes of Newcastle’s great 1-0 win at Huddersfield on Saturday.
Paul has been interviewed and he reveals the heartbreak of being injured early in the game when playing for your country.
Paul Dummett in the colors of Wales
This is what Paul Dummett has told the Chronicle today:
“I was really disappointed.” “I was obviously buzzing to get a start for Wales in an international game in the UEFA Nations League.”
“I’d waited a long time to play for Wales.” “To come off so early in the game, a competitive game, was so disappointing.”
“It also meant I missed games for Newcastle too so it was frustrating.”
“You just then have to do everything you can to make sure you’re fit and helping the team as much as I can.”
“I am now working double hard to make sure I stay fit.” “It’s brilliant to be back out there.” “It’s never nice being injured but you have to be patient when you come back.”
“I’ve been on the bench because we have had some decent results away from home lately.”
“We lost last weekend but that was right at the end in a tight game so I had to wait for my opportunity.
“I got it at Huddersfield and it was a brilliant win for us against a team that will be around us in the Premier League.”
“It was important to take points off them.”
“Everyone wants that winning feeling, there’s just nothing better especially away from home with all the fans singing their hearts out in the freezing cold.
“They were still here at the end when we were warming down.” “But to pick up a result against a team like Huddersfield is a massive boost.”
“We knew what it would be about and the manager told us these are the games we have to focus on.
“They’re all cup finals.” “We didn’t play great but three points are three points.”
“Sometimes you have to grind out results in the Premier League and that’s what we did.”
Rafa has started to play three at the back in the absence of Dummett and on Saturday we have Schar, Lascelles, and Clark playing in the back line in a 3-5-2 formation.
It will be interesting to see if the manager switched back to the usual 4-3-3-1 formation.
One target Rafa wants to bring in next month in the transfer window is a left back as both competition and cover for Dummett. whom Rafa has always said is a first-class professional.
What do you think?