According to a report in the Chronicle, Paul Dummett is almost ready to return to match action with Newcastle United, having missed the entire season through injury.
The 23-year-old left-back was first-choice defender last term, and he is sure to return to the first-team set-up when he is back ready for action, despite having never played under Steve McClaren.
He is a far better option to call upon than Massadio Haidara, and the Welsh internattional was one of few players who could end last season with credit to their name.
Due to a hamstring injury, Dummett has so far missed this campaign, sitting out the opening five Premier League games, and only making it onto the substitutes bench for the League Cup victory over Northampton Town.
Although he is injury free right now, McClaren has been unwilling to rush him back to competitive action in case he is struck down again, and the report gives a time frame as to when Dummett should be ready to take to the field.
Although it is stated that Dummett will once again miss out this weekend as Newcastle take on Watford, as well as next week in the League Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday, he is expected to be back and ready for action towards the end of this month, with the Magpies taking on Chelsea on September 26.