Key Newcastle United first-teamer Paul Dummett has returned to full training with the first-team after a hamstring injury which kept him out of two games.
The Wales international left-back missed the Magpies’ consecutive Premier League losses to Leicester City and Manchester United with the injury, which he sustained in training.
As reported on the club’s official Twitter account, the 27-year-old defender was back in training with the squad on Thursday after recovering from the complaint.
Having missed United's last two games due to injury, defender @PaulDummett was back in training this morning.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 11, 2018
This is a huge boost for Newcastle, who badly missed Dummett during their last two games. In their match against Leicester, manager Rafa Benitez decided to push Brazilian flyer Kenedy back to left-back from his normal position on the left of midfield. The Chelsea loanee has played that position in the past, but his recent deployment in midfield meant he simply did not look comfortable there during that 2-0 defeat. Benitez then changed tack for their visit to Old Trafford and played Javier Manquillo there instead. The Spaniard had come in for some heavy criticism for his display while deputising for DeAndre Yedlin earlier in the season, and while his performance was improved, the Magpies still missed Dummett badly. His return to training will therefore come as a huge relief for Benitez, who is known to rate the 27-year-old very highly.