Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett is paying the price for his country – after putting his body on the line for his club.
Dummett is out of Wales’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium tonight with a hamstring problem.
Wales are level on points with Group B leaders Belgium on points, and the game has been labelled as the country’s biggest in 13 years by Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey.
Versatile Dummett had been in line to start the sold-out fixture at the Cardiff City Stadium.
And 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 – is said to be “gutted” at missing out.
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 he will be ready to play a full part in pre-season training after a short summer break.