The Shields Gazette has reported that Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett’s knee injury is worse than first feared.
Dummett took a knock to the kneecap in the match against Crystal Palace and the paper claims he’ll be out of action for around eight weeks.
That’s four times longer than expected after the Chronicle recently reported that the club were expecting a two week spell on the side-lines for the defender.
The update doesn’t really change anything in relation to the problems Newcastle boss John Carver already has with his back four.
Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini are the only fit centre backs at his disposal at the moment and his hands are tied in terms of defensive cover to come in and freshen up the back four.
The problems at the back may lead to the question from some fans over why Newcastle didn’t do more during the January transfer window to give themselves more defensive cover.
However, it’s now important that the club focus on getting Dummett back to full fitness as quickly as possible with no further setbacks.
In the meantime, anyone asked to fill in across the defence needs to do so in a professional and determined manner.