Newcastle Star Unlikely To Be Risked At Norwich

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle was said to be very very close to returning to action by Rafa Benitez in last Friday’s press conference and the manager will probably say the same thing at this afternoon’s press conference for the important game at Norwich tomorrow night.

Dwight has been out just over four weeks since he picked up the chronic hamstring injury at Brentford and we managed to do OK without him, thanks especially to Matt Ritchie who has scored the goals for us since then.

Dwight Gayle – likely to return next Monday against Aston Villa?

But with our next game being next Monday night at home to Aston Villa – a full six days later – we would expect Rafa to err on the side of safety and ensure Dwight is fully recovered before playing him again.

But Dwight could possibly make it on the bench tomorrow night at Carrow Road.

Rafa was asked if Dwight would be available for the Norwich game after the 1-0 win at Wolves on Saturday and this is what Rafa said:

“It depends on him. “He is training with the team, and he has trained OK, but sometimes it is the confidence of the player, so we will see how he feels.”

The Shields Gazette is reporting that manager Benitez and Gayle himself will decide after training today whether he will start the game at Norwich.

If he doesn’t Aleksandar Mitrovic could start the game, after he scored the winner on Saturday but had to be withdrawn at the half with one yellow card and in danger of picking up a second.

Isaac Hayden was given a rest on Saturday to allow his chronic ankle injury some relief, so Isaac could come back tomorrow night, but again Rafa could elect to start local lad Jack Colback and give Isaac another six days for his ankle to fully recover.

But overall the injury situation has been dramatically improved by Rafa and his backroom staff this season.

His vast experience in football has helped the club in multiple ways this season and we hope we can keep hom at the club for many years to come.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 13, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Frankly, I hope they go with Murph or Goofy up front. Mitro was a disgrace on Sat. The replay on the TV from the far side of the coverage showed a cowards attempt to injure a player. Get rid of Mitro.

  • martoon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #2

    G – Sorry I can’t agree. Mitro was stupid to attempt the challenge but the slow motion makes it look worse. The whole thing happened in an instant and his foot just happened to land on the keepers foot – Mitro would have to have amazing reflexes to have done it on purpose.
    However that said I think I would probably start with Murphy as well but for football reasons.

  • G

    Feb 13, 2017 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #3

    martoon, I know the slow motion makes it look worse, but mitro isn’t looking for the ball either at the point it happens, which is my issue with it.

  • SA Toon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Martoon – I agree. I don’t believe Mitro’s intention was to injure the player, but it was still reckless and unnecessary, particularly as he was already on a (fairly soft) yellow. If he is going to succeed at NUFC, he is going to have to cut that aspect out of his game. I feel for him though cause he is continually harassed and fouled whenever he plays, but the opposition do it to try and spark a reaction from him. He has to work harder than others to control himself so that he can get rid of this reputation, otherwise he will become a liability. He is still young though, so I’m hoping it will come with maturity.

  • Sav

    Feb 13, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Sure. But lying down as if shot? I was embarrassed by the lad. The Stephen Taylor School of Acting. Luckily, Ikeme didn’t go there and saved his bacon. Start Murphy if Gayle can’t make it.


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