Newcastle United’s Dummett confident of pre-season boost

Paul Dummett.
Paul Dummett.

Paul Dummett is confident of being fit for pre-season training – despite an injury setback that saw him miss Wales’ huge game against Belgium last night.

Dummett paid the price after putting his body on the line for his club in their fight against relegation at the end of the season.

The 23-year-old – who returned ahead of schedule from a knee injury in early May to play in Newcastle’s final four Premier League games – was “gutted” at missing out as Wales won their crucial Euro 16 qualifier against Belgium 1-0.

Dummett had suffered a hamstring injury as he worked his way towards his comeback late last season.

However, despite not being fully fit, he made himself available for selection in early May given the club’s dire predicament near the foot of the table.

Newcastle-born Dummett went on to play in the final four games of United’s season.

But the 23-year-old’s keenness to help his boyhood club has come at a price, and he broke down while training with Chris Coleman’s squad ahead of the Belgium match.

Dummett is getting treatment on his hamstring, and is confident he will be ready to play a full part in pre-season training after a short summer break.

The versatile defender had been in line to start the sold-out fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Gareth Bale fired Wales into the box seat for Euro 2016 qualification, claiming the only goal in a hugely-creditable 1-0 victory over Belgium in Cardiff last night.

The Real Madrid star pounced on a defensive error to slot his 17th Wales goal on his 50th cap and send Chris Coleman’s side top of Group B.

Wales overhauled Belgium to seize the summit in the standings, to the delight of home fans at the Cardiff City Stadium.

For all their stars Belgium were unable to turn the tables on Wales after that 25th minute goal, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and company suffering their first defeat in qualifying.

Wales remain undefeated however, and fully on course to qualify for next summer’s European Championships.

Elsewhere, Croatia and Italy played out a 1-1 draw to maintain the status quo in Group H.

In Group A, Holland dragged their own qualification battle back on course, stuttering for the most part but finally despatching Latvia 2-0 in Riga.