Wales manager Ryan Giggs has given Newcastle United and Steve Bruce a boost today, when he intimated that Paul Dummett’s international career is over.
The full-back, who is morphing into a centre-back, has become an integral part of the Newcastle defence, but has suffered with injury for much of his recent career.
Speaking during the announcement of the Wales squad for their upcoming games against Azerbaijan and Belarus, Giggs all but confirmed Dummett’s international retirement.
Referring to the Dummett situation, Wales Online quote Giggs as saying: “I spoke to Paul and he really wanted to concentrate on club football.
“He felt that he’s had a lot of hamstring problems so he just felt he wanted to make sure he was fit for Newcastle. That was it really.
“I’ve got centre-halves who are playing, and I was considering him for that centre-half position, but it’s not a problem.
“Obviously he’s playing in the Premier League and he’s a good defender, but I’ve got options so it’s not a problem.”
Paul Dummett has made a sensible decision
Dummett’s omission from this, and future, international squads is good news for Newcastle.
The less games the defender plays, the more chance there is of him maintaining his fitness for Newcastle’s Premier League campaign.
If it was Dummett’s decision, it was a very sensible, mature one from the 27-year-old.
His focus is rightly on the club that pays his wages week in, week out, and it will be welcomed by Steve Bruce, who needs all available hands on deck during the side’s current plight.