By Coral Barry
Paul Dummett will miss at least another three weeks of action after being hit by an incredible nine separate hamstring injuries in just 15 months.
The defender has reportedly missed more than 200 days of training since his first soft-tissue issue early last year and has yet to feature at all for new manager Rafael Benitez.
The Newcastle Chronicle say that Dummett is expected to be sidelined for at least another two to three games and will definitely not feature in the crucial match with Norwich on Saturday.
Norwich are currently three points above Newcastle in the Premier League table and are occupying the final spot safe from relegation.
Newcastle cannot afford to lose the game, but have been hit by a left-back crisis after Massadio Haidara joined Dummett in the treatment room.
Haidara suffered a knee problem in training last week and is now unlikely to be recovered in time to face the Canaries.
With Dummett and Haidara both sidelined, Benitez has no senior left-back fit and will also be missing Jack Colback for the Norwich showdown because of suspension.
Colback has filled in at left-back in the past, but now Benitez must look elsewhere for solutions.
It is expected that Dummett will also miss the league trip to Southampton on 9 April and a visit from Swansea the week after.
All in all, Newcastle’s squad has been ravished by 41 separate injuries this season and are currently sitting second from the bottom of the table.