With any hamstring injury you need a good few weeks to recover and even if Dwight Gayle could be ready in two or three weeks, it is very unlikely he would be risked in Newcastle’s last couple of games, especially if the lads have already gained promotion by then.
If Dwight had been able to stay fit this season it’s likely he could have won the Player of the Season award in the Championship, but that went to Brighton’s Anthony Knockeart.
Dwight Gayle – no more of this until August?
Dwight is undergoing tests on the damaged hamstring to see how bad it is, but he has suffered a hamstring problem and he wasn’t just taken off as a precaution – so that doesn’t look good.
The club issued this statement yesterday on Dwight’s condition:
““Newcastle United can confirm that Dwight Gayle sustained a hamstring strain in his right leg during United’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.”
“Dwight is currently undergoing tests to determine the severity of his injury, so it is not yet known how long the player may be out injured.”
After the very disappointing defeat at Hillsborough on Saturday, Rafa Benitez was asked about Dwight’s injury and this is what he said when asked if his striker was out for the season:
“It’s too early to say. It could be, but it’s too early.”
It’s not good news that Dwight is out, after he was getting back to his former sharpness, but it does give Daryl Murphy and Aleksandar Mitrovic a chance to show what they can do over the last five games of the season.
But it also looks like Rafa has seen the inability to put chances away this term as a weakness in the current side and the news is he will bring in two strikers during the summer transfer window.
By the way, Dwight has been fantastic for us this season and but for his goals we wouldn’t be where we are today – he deserves great credit for a great first season at Newcastle United; 22 Championship goals.
What do you think?