By Russell Edge

25th Sep, 2017 | 3:12pm

Top Newcastle star dropped to reserves less than 24 hours after Brighton appearance

By Russell Edge

Newcastle United star Dwight Gayle is set to appear for the club’s reserve side on Monday just a day after appearing against Brighton in the Premier League.

The former Crystal Palace man was Newcastle’s talisman last season as he fired home 23 goals to lead Rafael Benitez and his side to the Championship title.

However he is yet to get off the mark this season despite having made four appearances, with injury having taken a toll on his game time.

It looks as though Benitez is looking to get the 26-year-old striker back up to full fitness after making him available for the club’s reserve clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.

The club announced Gayle’s inclusion via their official Twitter account, less than 24 hours after the striker came on as a substitute against Brighton:

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The striker is not the only member of Monday’s squad to have first team experience, with out-of-favour midfielders Jack Colback and Henri Saivet also set to play a part.

While the former Sunderland man has been firmly frozen out of the first team squad, the former Saint Etienne man has appeared under Benitez this season, playing the full match in the club’s League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Rolando Aarons will continue his return from injury, sustained in the same league cup clash, after being included in the squad, while England under-20 World Cup winner Freddie Woodman is likely to line up between the sticks.

In other Newcastle United news, Benitez’s priority in the winter transfer window has been revealed.

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