Newcastle United’s top scorer Dwight Gayle is likely to miss the important game at Deepdale tomorrow afternoon as he’s said to be a big doubt.
He could make it, but Rafa may not want to risk such a key player for Newcastle so far this season with Dwight scoring 11 Championship goals.
It seems he has picked up a knock in training, so if he cannot make it then Aleksandar Mitrovic will likely start up front for the Magpies, especially after his two goals and excellent showing on Tuesday night in the 6-0 win at home to Preston.
Dwight Gayle very doubtful for Preston game
Chancel Mbemba is doubtful so he must have picked up a knock on Tuesday night when he played for the first time in a while.
But the two back-up left backs to Paul Dummett – new signing Achraf Lazaar and Massadio Haidara – are now fit again and will be pushing Paul for his first team place.
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is fully fit and pushing for a first team place in the side again.
This is some of what Rafa has said in his press conference today:
“Gayle is a big doubt. We have Diame and Mitrovic scoring goals. It is good for me as people who come in perform even better.”
“I am sure it will be a different game. They will try to amend the result from the other day.”
“We will have to approach the game with the right mentality as always. It will be different teams and in a different competition. They are also at home now.”
“We must enjoy but keep doing the right things.” “We have a little problem with Mbemba and Gayle.”
“Lazaar, Haidara and Elliot are fine. They have trained.”
As expected, Jack Colback is not available for the game tomorrow after he had stitches in his face wound after being viciously elbowed by Alan Browne on Tuesday night – and that earned Browne a straight red card.
If Mitro gets the start tomorrow then it will be a terrific opportunity for him to show he should be starting every week, but he will need to score those goals for us.