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28th Oct, 2016 | 2:29pm

Newcastle fans react on Twitter to Gayle blow ahead of Preston clash

By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle fans believe on Twitter that they have enough strength upfront to cope with top scorer Dwight Gayle’s possible absence ahead of the Preston clash on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who signed from Crystal Palace in the summer has been in impressive form for the Toon scoring 11 goals in 13 appearances.

However, manager Rafa Benitez revealed that the striker was a “big doubt” in his press conference before the clash, which could see Newcastle without their star forward.

The Newcastle squad also boasts forward trio Aleksandar Mitrovic, Daryl Murphy and Ayoze Perez and fans on social media believe that the club are well prepared for Gayle’s injury.

Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:

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Newcastle thrashed their Saturday opponents 6-0 in midweek in the EFL Cup, which saw Gayle remain on the bench as an unused substitute.

Mitrovic and attacking midfielder Mo Diame scored two goals each, while Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez also got on the score sheet.

Newcastle currently sit three points clear at the top of the Championship table and they will be looking to extend their lead at Deepdale.

However, Simon Grayson’s side are sat in ninth and they will be likely to put up more of a fight in the league than they had done in the cup.

In other Newcastle news, Stan Collymore has made this huge prediction about the North East outfit.