It did not look good when Dwight Gayle went off after only 33 minutes and he signaled he needed to come off about five minutes before that.
We watched the game again last night and there didn’t seem any indication from Dwight that the hamstring had gone again.
At the start of the second half the commentator on the game (it was on BeIN Sports live in the US) said the news from the dressing room was that it was a tight hamstring.
Dwight Gayle leaves and Rafa Benitez looks concerned
That seems to have been what could have happened and Rafa did say after the game he wasn’t right from the start and that could have been a tight hamstring.
Of course he will miss the game at home to Bristol City on Saturday and the vital top of the table clash with Brighton next Tuesday, but we hope maybe it was just a tight hamstring he could return shortly after that.
The next two games after the game at Brighton are games at Huddersfield and Reading the following Saturday and Tuesday and they are really important games.
There was also what looked like good news tweeted by chief Chronicle sports reporter Lee Ryder shortly after the game had ended.
Dwight Gayle walking freely out of stadium. Says it will be assessed day by day. Rafa indicated it may not be too serious. #nufc
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) February 20, 2017
And you have to think that Dwight was told if there was any problem at all with the hamstring come off the field.
So we live in hope that Dwight may be OK in a few weeks with the emphasis on hope.
It was a great 3 points last night after a poor first half performance.