Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has confirmed Paul Dummett has suffered an injury setback.
The defender was not involved against Manchester United last weekend, despite having returned to training before the international break.
The 29-year-old had suffered a calf injury in pre-season against Doncaster Rovers.
It had looked at one point that Dummett was set to be available for selection again.
His recent return to training had suggested as such.
But Bruce has today delivered bad news about the player.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday’s clash with Leeds United, he said (via Matthew Raisbeck): “He’s had a setback.
“Just when we thought he was close – and he was back training – he’s uncomfortable again. It’s the same (calf) injury.”
The news will no doubt come as a frustration to supporters, who have been here many times before with Dummett.
Dummett news is frustrating
He may not be the answer to Newcastle’s problems.
But so far this season Newcastle have shipped 12 goals in the Premier League – more than any other side.
Dummett is fairly dependable when he plays and at this moment in time, his absence is really not ideal.