Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez claims Paul Dummett could play against Southampton but fellow defender remains out

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Both players have missed several weeks due to injury.

Newcastle United have received an injury boost ahead of their game with Southampton on Saturday with Rafael Benitez confirming that Paul Dummett will be available for the clash at St Mary's Stadium, the Shields Gazette reports. However, the Spaniard had less positive news regarding the fitness of Fabricio Coloccini.

The Magpies have been without the pair for several weeks, with Dummett not featuring since Steve McClaren's last game in charge due to a hamstring problem, while the club's skipper has been out since the side's 5-1 thrashing away to Chelsea in February.

And while Benitez confirmed that the Argentinian is set to be out for a little longer, he explained that the full-back is ready to help their fight for survival.

"Coloccini is still not ready," he told the Shields Gazette. "Dummett is available - he was training well - so hopefully he can be good news for this game and the rest of the season."

The Welshman's return will certainly be welcomed by Benitez. The left-back has been one of the club's more consistent players this term, and in his absence, the former Liverpool boss was forced to turn to the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita to fill in in defence.

Although Benitez may still be undecided about whether to start Dummett or not, having a natural full-back playing should certainly boost the side's chances of keeping Southampton's group of attacking players at bay and potentially earning a result that keeps them well in the race to remain in the Premier League.

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