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Dummett's Down In The Dumps

Written by Newcastle Utd

Young defender Paul Dummett faces a spell on the sidelines after rupturing ankle ligaments playing for the Reserves

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Paul Dummett admitted he "felt like crying" after being ruled out of action for around three months with an ankle ligament injury.

The 20-year-old left-back was involved with the first-team in America in the summer, and was an unused substitute against Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup last month.

But he ruptured ankle ligaments in Tuesday's friendly against York, on a rainy day at Bootham Crescent, meaning he will be sidelined until January having only recently returned from a hip injury sustained late on in pre-season.

"I was running back defending and when I went to turn to block the through-ball the grass just lifted up and my ankle went over," Dummett told nufc.co.uk.

"I knew straight away that there was something badly wrong. The pitch was so boggy and my ankle just gave way on the pitch.

"I was gutted - I felt like crying."

Welsh under-21 international Dummett is currently on crutches and faces a spell of rehabilitation before he can return to action.

"There'll be gym work to strengthen my ankle and upper-body work to try to get stronger as well," he said.

"But it'll mostly be trying to strengthen my ankle so I don't get the same problem again.

"It's come at a bad time because I was hoping to get out on loan, but obviously that's not going to happen now so I just need to get fit.

"All my career I've never had injuries, but in the last few months I've just been unlucky.

"Hopefully after this one I can hopefully get fit and try to make an impact.

"I just need to try to stay positive and get back as soon as possible and keep playing, because I haven't been able to do that for the past few months."

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