An injury blow for Newcastle United as Paul Dummett has had a setback and will be out for a number of weeks, meaning it will be October at the earliest before he gets his chance to impress Steve McClaren, according to the Shields Gazette.

A knee injury kept the 23 year old defender out for much of the dismal run under John Carver in the second half of last season, though he did return for the final month of matches to help United crawl over the line.

However, his efforts to get back in time to help Newcastle in their relegation battle then backfired, as the left back/sometimes central defender broke down in training when away with Wales in early June.

That hamstring injury is only the latest in a string of similar injuries that have hampered Paul Dummett, with the Geordie defender missing the whole of the pre season friendly schedule and the opening matches of this Premier League campaign.

He was a surprise inclusion on the bench against Northampton in the League Cup but then not included in the 18 v Arsenal.

There is never a good time to miss any football but with a new manager to impress at Newcastle and with Wales flying high on the way to next summer’s Euros, this latest setback is especially bad timing.

Newcastle may have put in a couple of dogged defensive displays against Manchester United and Arsenal but the fact remains that left-back still looks a major weakness.

On top of this, over the course of the last two seasons it is Paul Dummett who has looked the most convincing at centre-back when given the chance, with most Newcastle fans thinking this position is Dummett’s best chance of establishing himself in the Premier League.