It’s not good news on Dwight Gayle today, who seems to have returned too early from his hamstring injury and Newcastle will have to pay the price for that.
The local papers today are reporting he will miss the next two weeks of games at least – through March 7th, which include the vital games away at Brighton, Huddersfield and Reading and some time after that too.
There are six games through 18th March when the two week International break starts and he’s likely to miss all of them.
Dwight Gayle leave the field on Tuesday night
When the league starts up again on the weekend of Saturday 1st April we have another 8 games left through the end of the season, so we have to hope somebody else will be able to score the goals for us before then.
Early in the game against Villa Gayle told the medical staff on the sidelines he was not feeling right and he was finally taken off after 33 minutes.
But we were hoping that was almost purely cautionary and perhaps only a tight hamstring and that he hadn’t damaged the hamstring further – but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
It’s also his 4th hamstring problem in sixteen months – as reported by the Chronicle – so it’s definitely chronic and something that needs to be fixed for the long term.
It will be interesting to see how many games Dwight can play before the end of the season – it may not be too many in the worst case.
But our best chance is to get him fit over the next five weeks before April 1st and then he can help us in those final 8 games of the season and fire us to promotion.
Rafa’s right that we will need Mitrovic, Murray and Perez this season and maybe even Gouffran playing up front at times?
This news on Gayle is not good news for Newcastle.