By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle defender Jesus Gamez could face a six week lay-off and will find out on Tuesday if he needs an operation, according to a reliable journalist.

Sky Sports’ north east reporter Keith Downie revealed the news via his personal Twitter account following Rafa Benitez’ pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon.

Gamez, 31, suffered a collarbone injury during Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Blackburn and will now wait to see the extent of the damage.

The versatile full-back joined the Toon in the summer from La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

His versatility, which allows him to cover both full-back positions has proven to be beneficial for Benitez’ side with the Spanish boss having a rotation policy in charge of the team.

The experienced man has played in three matches in all competitions following his transfer and the injury has come at the wrong time with an extensive fixture list coming up.

The Toon will travel to Premier League side Hull at the EFL quarter-final stage on Tuesday before travelling to the City Ground to face Nottingham Forest on Friday.

Additionally, Newcastle have eight fixtures coming up in the next six weeks and they will have wanted to avoid any fresh injuries before a difficult Christmas period.

Football Insider verdict:

Gamez has hardly featured in what has been a successful Newcastle team this season, but the competitiveness of the Championship alongside its extended fixture list will mean that the Toon will need the Spaniard over the Christmas period. Vurnon Anita has done a good job at rotating with DeAndre Yedlin at right-back. However, there isn’t a better option than Gamez to cover Paul Dummett in the left-back position. Summer signing Achraf Lazaar has hardly featured since his move, while it wouldn’t be beneficial to move Ciaran Clark out of his usual centre-back role. Therefore it is key that the club get Gamez fit and ready for action as quickly as possible.

In other Newcastle team news, this senior player has given his verdict on Twitter after taking step closer to full fitness.