NEWCASTLE United’s defensive concerns are mounting up ahead of the club’s home game against Leicester City.
Paul Dummett was forced to out of the Wales squad yesterday because of injury.
The 23-year-old left-back – who had been called up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia and Hercegovina and Cyprus – has had a minor thigh problem scanned.
The club’s medical staff, which is third from bottom of the Premier League with seven games played, are assessing the results.
And United manager Alan Pardew will hope Dummett just needs to rest ahead of Newcastle’s important home game against Leicester City on October 18.
Dummett’s withdrawal follows that of right-back Daryl Janmaat, who pulled out of Holland’s two Euro 2016 qualifiers over the weekend.
Janmaat has been carrying the hamstring problem he suffered in the club’s Capital One Cup win over Crystal Palace last month.
And the summer signing will rest up ahead of the visit of newly-promoted Leicester, managed by former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson, to St James’s Park.
The club also has another defensive concern.
Long-serving Steven Taylor was not in United’s squad for last weekend’s game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium because of an unspecified injury.
The centre-half has had an injury-interrupted few seasons on Tyneside.
And the 28-year-old – whose two starts have come in the Capital One Cup – had been hoping for better luck with injuries this term.
Meanwhile, utility player Ryan Taylor stepped up his own comeback from long-term injury yesterday.
The 30-year-old – who has been sidelined for two years after twice rupturing the cruciate ligament in his right knee – played 70 minutes of a behind-closed-doors game against Burnley.
Taylor could be available for a competitive first-team return later this month.
Teenage striker Adam Armstrong scored twice in the match, staged at the club’s Benton training ground.
Loan signing Facundo Ferreyra and teenager Callum Roberts also found the net for Peter Beardsley’s side.
Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic and Massadio Haidara played in the match, which followed a private fixture last week against Carlisle United.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; R Taylor (Sterry, 70), Streete, Satka, Haidara; Bigirimana, Abeid; Roberts, Armstrong, Vuckic; Ferreyra.