After the game on Tuesday night when both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle were taken off with concussions – Miro in the first half – Rafa said he thought the two of them would be OK for Saturday’s important game against Brighton.
Both of them are in fact fit to play, but they cannot because of new FA guidelines on concussions recently introduced – and those injuries have to be handled very carefully these days.
The FA guidelines state that any player who suffers a concussion must wait for six days before they can play again.
Dwight Gayle – cannot play on Saturday
So both strikers cannot play in Saturday’s night’s important game against promotion candidates Brighton & Hove Albion.
Dr. Paul Catterson, Newcastle’s head of sports medicine and science said this:
“The treatment and management of concussion in sport has received deserved attention in recent years.”
“We have to adhere to the guidelines set out by the FA in line with other competitive sports, which rightly puts the safety and health of players first.”
The way to think about this is that Dwight and Aleksandar’s long term mental health is a lot more important than missing just one game – Dr. Catterson is absolutely right.
It’s unfortunate, so who is going to score the goals for us on Saturday – Diame and Perez?
Some players are going to have to step up to the plate for us – maybe even Yoan Gouffran – who seems to have some of his confidence back?