Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forecast for Gayle Looks a Lot Brighter; Outlook for Gayle Looking Brighter

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Forecast for Gayle Looks a Lot Brighter; Outlook for Gayle Looking Brighter

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Byline: Mark Douglas NUFC Editor @msidouglas

RAFA Benitez has delivered an upbeat prognosis on Dwight Gayle, saying that tests have revealed no damage to his hamstring and hinting that he could be involved for the three promotion six-pointers which will set the agenda for the Championship runin.

Gayle limped off against Norwich in the first half and initial fears were that he had aggravated the hamstring problem which has given him problems for the past year.

But subsequent tests have revealed no new issues and while he hasn't trained in the run up to today's Bristol City clash, Gayle could yet be involved - even as early as Brighton on Tuesday if he doesn't feel any problems.

Clearly the mental aspect of the injury is something Gayle is having to manage. Having broken down for Crystal Palace last season and against Brentford in January, the striker does not want to risk a further problem and the potential ending of his season.

But the club have done tests on him that show he is training without problems and WAS sharp enough to return against Aston Turn to Page 78 FROM BACK PAGE Villa and Norwich. The run-up to the Villa game was disrupted by the birth of his baby daughter that caused him to miss training sessions and that could have contributed to him feeling a little weak in the affected hamstring.

Now Benitez and his medical team are monitoring Gayle and encouraging him to do further prevention and strengthening work.

"He's doing well. All the tests are fine and hopefully he will come back for training and after? It will depend on how he feels," Benitez said.

"It's always important to have your best players for these games but we are talking about the top scorer in the league who has been doing really well for us. It's always important to have everyone available but especially someone who has scored so many goals, and is something different that you have in your squad. …

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