Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says Paul Dummett faces two weeks out through injury
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 13/08/17 5:03pm
Newcastle centre-back Paul Dummett could be out for two weeks, according to manager Rafa Benitez.
Dummett was forced off after just seven minutes of Newcastle's opening Premier League defeat at home to Tottenham, live on Sky Sports Football, and was clutching his right hamstring.
The Welshman's centre-back partner - new signing Florian Lejuene - was also withdrawn with an injury in the first half before Jonjo Shelvey was sent off and the hosts lost 2-0.
Boss Benitez said: "We don't know [the prognosis]. It's too early. The main thing is we lost two players and we had to adapt.
"We have to wait but a couple of weeks, one of them, for sure. Maybe Dummett. I don't know."
Benitez admitted that Shelvey made a mistake in standing on the ankle of Dele Alli, which caused his sending off, but the Spaniard said Harry Kane's tackle from behind on Lejuene was worse.
"I think it's worse because I had to change one player and Dele Alli has nothing," Benitez said.
"We watched the replay from the bench, with the fourth official and everyone. Surprise. But the rules are the rules and we paid for that.
"Jonjo knows he has made a mistake and he apologised but we lost the game."