Wales play Belgium in a crunch European Championships qualifier on Friday but Paul Dummett has been forced to pull out of the squad with a hamstring injury.

Wales are having a real go and are tied on 11 points at the top of Group B with the star-studded Belgian side.

The Geordie had emerged as Newcastle’s most reliable centre-back last season after being moved from left-back.

Turning 24 in September, it looks certain Paul Dummett will be expected to be in the starting eleven, either on the left or in the middle of defence, unless the summer transfer window produces far more action than any of us anticipate at St James Park.

Especially as it is hard to see Newcastle retaining all three of Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor, with the trio all out of contract in 12 months time.

The last thing Newcastle need is already to be a man down for the start of the season so fingers crossed that his dropping out of the Welsh squad is only a precaution.

Dummett has suffered with a number of hamstring problems and the latest was in January, the defender then returning to action only to suffer a bad knee injury.

After missing several months of the shocking second half of the season for Newcastle, Paul Dummett returned for the final few games and played in the West Ham match that guaranteed Premier League survival on the final day of the campaign.