Kevin Mbabu sidelined but Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara due for Newcastle United returns

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The promising Swiss defender was struck down during Saturday's 6-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Newcastle United have been dealt a fresh injury blow by the news that promising young defender Kevin Mbabu faces several weeks on the sidelines, as reported by the Shields Gazette.

The 20-year old was thrown into the deep end after injuries to senior left-backs Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara and coped well against Chelsea last week.

Manchester City proved a tougher test however, and the Swiss Under-19 international was substituted on 53 minutes after tweaking his hamstring while trying to prevent Sergio Aguero’s third goal.

The defender will have a scan this week to determine the extent of his injury, with a spell on the treatment table now looking likely.

Meanwhile, Steve McClaren has been handed a timely boost by the news that both Dummett and Haidara should return after the international break, rendering Mbabu’s absence less of an issue.

Injuries have plagued Newcastle so far this season with the likes of Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons and Cheick Tiote all being struck down in recent weeks, and an injury pile-up in the last thing McClaren needs with his squad’s confidence fragile as it is.

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