Newcastle attacker to undergo scan as club fears he could be out for season - reliable journalist
By Matt Farr
Newcastle goalscorer Dwight Gayle is to undergo a scan on his hamstring within the next 24 hours, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports north east reporter Keith Downie revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon that the 26-year-old was set to learn the severity of his latest injury setback on Monday.
Dwight Gayle having scans today on his injured hamstring. If worst fears are realised the striker could miss the Championship run in.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) April 10, 2017
Gayle hobbled off with a hamstring injury during the 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, and Newcastle fear that he could be out for the remainder of the season.
The Newcastle star has already missed a number of crucial matches during their Championship campaign, but his potential absence during the end of season run in would be a shattering blow.
Gayle tops the goalscoring charts at St. James’ Park by some distance this season, with 22 goals from 30 league appearances.
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But he has managed to score just twice since the new year having seen his game time restricted through repeated hamstring injuries.
He had initially been sidelined during the win over Brentford on January 14, and he missed six matches before returning to action against Norwich a month later.
But he lasted just two matches before re-injuring his hamstring, missing the games against Bristol City and Brighton at the end of February.
It has been revealed by Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, however, that Gayle’s latest injury is to his other leg, as they continue to sweat over the severity of the injury.
But if ruled out of the rest of the season, Newcastle will have to pin their title hopes on backup goalscorers Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy, who have scored just 12 goals between them this season.
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