By Danny Wright
Newcastle fans are concerned on Twitter after Dwight Gayle limped off injured during their 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Monday night.
The general consensus is that Rafa Benitez should not have started the former Crystal Palace striker as he didn’t seem 100% fit.
Gayle was replaced by Aleksandar Mitrovic in the 33rd minute, and limped off holding his hamstring.
The Championship top goalscore seeminglyr suffered a recurrence to a hamstring injury which saw him miss six games for the Magpies, including their shock FA Cup exit to Oxford United.
He returned to the squad for the 2-2 draw with Norwich last week and came off the bench to take part in the closing stages of the game.
Here is a selection of tweets from Newcastle supporters about Gayle’s latest injury:
It's easy in hindsight but couldn't see the rush to get Gayle back for two winnable home games after a month out. #nufc
— C.O.L.A (@Percycola) February 21, 2017
Gutted about Gayle, but something wasn't right. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 20, 2017
Gayle shouldn't of started didn't look fully fit anyway
— Ash (@Ashe721) February 20, 2017
That was always gunna happen with Gayle, shouldn't of started him
— Ben (@BennyPoolaar) February 20, 2017
— AndyK 🇮🇲🇪🇺🌍 (@TheFilmOracle) February 20, 2017
— #AshleyOut (@toonterry1987) February 20, 2017
It is unclear how long Gayle will be out of action for, but Benitez and the Newcastle team really need him back within a week.
After their next game on Saturday against struggling Bristol City, Newcastle face a season-defining double header with trips to both Brighton and Huddersfield – the two sides in second and third place respectively.
In other Newcastle news, Ayoze Perez delivers his verdict on the club’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.