Newcastle Pick Up Rare Injury For Birmingham Game


Some bad news for Newcastle tonight is that Ayoze Perez has picked up a slight injury, but it means he will not be fit enough to play for Newcastle at Birmingham City tomorrow in the FA Cup 3rd round tie.

Ayoze was expected to fill in for Mo Diame who is playing for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations, but a slight calf injury means he will not be risked by manager Rafa Benitez.

Ayoze Perez – out of the Birmingham game

This is what Rafa has said tonight:

“We are quite good in terms of injuries,” “Ayoze has a problem in his calf, but it isn’t serious and we don’t want to take any risks.”

“We have plenty of solutions,”

It may be a chance to have Dwight Gayle come into the team and play in the number 10 role.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was to start up front, but Dwight has 17 Championship goals and if he can play in the withdrawn striker role tomorrow, that would be good.

Alternatively Mitro and Gayle could switch positions and Dwight be the man up front.

That’s at least one decent solution to Perez being out injured.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #1

    Oh no . Perez injured, that’s a huge blow for us. We can’t win without his contribution .

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  • Belfast

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah devestating blow.

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  • toonie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #3

    Do I detect some sarcasm in the room tonight ;-0

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  • toonie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Perfect opportunity to test out the Mitro – Gale combination.

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  • firebug666

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Maybe rest Gayle and play Murphy and Mitrovic, maybe even a 4-4-2, could be an interesting game.

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  • matt11_25

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6

    We need Ayoze at the moment, I bet he is fine but Rafa wants him ready for the league. Get behind this lad hopefully he regains form he’s had some cracking games this season.

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  • brklyngeordie

    Jan 6, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #7

    sorry to burst your bubble to those who have Ameobi in line-up but didn’t it say he is cup tied?

    Let’s advance please still upset over that Hull loss in PK’s we had that game so upset they pegged us right back after we scored and the PK’s won’t even mention we’re a joke..

    FA CUP and Promotion is that to much to ask

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  • cook1e13

    Jan 7, 2017 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Perez injured could be a positive here… dying to to see gayle mitro combination with a classic 4.4.2 formation

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