Craig Hope has confirmed on his official Twitter page that Newcastle United ace Dwight Gayle is facing between eight to 12 weeks out on the sidelines following surgery.
According to a tweet from the Daily Mail journalist, the striker has damaged his medial collateral ligaments (MCL).
Also understand Dwight Gayle has damaged medial collateral ligaments (MCL) & will see specialist on Weds ahead of operation & rehab period. Sources say he'll be out for between 8-12 weeks following surgery.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) September 1, 2020
This is reportedly the result of him hyper-extending his knee and it could be a huge blow to both Steve Bruce and his team being so close to the start of the new 2020/21 season.
The Englishman’s goal-scoring record while playing at St James’ Park is not bad at all, having scored a relatively impressive 33 goals and provided a further 10 assists in 93 games across all competitions over three terms, as per Transfermarkt.
Does Gayle have a future at Newcastle?
Gayle’s eye for a goal may well be missed in the North East for when the new campaign begins, leaving Bruce with very few genuine goalscorers for their first game away at David Moyes’ West Ham United.
Indeed, Joelinton only registered two goals in the Premier League in the 2019/20 term, while both Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto both drew blanks in front of goal (via Whoscored), meaning that Bruce may be forced now to dip into the transfer market for a brand new centre-forward who can cover the goals that Gayle can provide.
The Magpies have reportedly been linked to AFC Bournemouth man Callum Wilson, who may be capable of filling in Gayle’s shoes.
Nevertheless, the injury to the 29-year old is a headache that Bruce would not have wanted to have going into the next season.
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