Eddie Howe provides encouraging Paul Dummett injury update at Newcastle United

Paul Dummett is yet to appear for Newcastle United this season due to an ongoing calf problem.

Eddie Howe says Paul Dummett is making good progress in his recovery from a calf injury - but is unlikely to appear for Newcastle United again this year.

The left-back is yet to play for the Magpies this campaign after injuring his calf in pre-season.

Indeed, when Dummett was approaching full fitness in September, former boss Steve Bruce revealed he had suffered an injury setback.

The 30-year-old, whose contract was extended by the club in the summer, is back training individually ahead of a return in the New Year.

Eddie Howe on Paul Dummett

Howe told NewcastleWorld: “He will be an important player. I’ve always liked him.

“His situation is he is back out running with the physio and sports scientist on the grass, which is a great sign.

“I know he’s had a couple of setbacks in his journey back to full fitness. He’s through that now and we can get him back to full fitness quite quickly.

“But I still feel he has a little way to go before he’s available for selection.”

Injury latest ahead of Leicester

Howe revealed Fabian Schar had injured his ribs in the 1-0 win over Burnley but is hopeful he’ll make the trip to Leicester City on Sunday.

“Couple of knocks and niggles,” Howe said. “Nothing outstanding.

“I think Fabian Schar had a rib problem earlier in the week - he missed a bit of training but hopefully he’ll be OK.”