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If he doesn’t Aleksandar Mitrovic could start the game, after he scored the winner on Saturday but had to be withdrawn at the half with one yellow card and in danger of picking up a second.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