Steve Bruce has spoken about Dwight Gayle’s struggles with injuries so far this season, as reported by The Northern Echo.
The striker picked up a calf problem towards the end of the Magpies’ pre-season trip to China, and while it had been believed to be minimal, he has since had the injury come back twice.
Speaking about the striker, a frustrated Bruce said: “Dwight Gayle hardly missed a game for two years. We just thought at the time, typical, he’s got a calf strain.
“The last day in China we thought he was very, very close. He looked as if he was going to join in with us. Unfortunately twice now, three weeks ago he felt it again, and in the gym in midweek he felt it again.”
Gayle spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, where he started 34 Championship matches and came on as a substitute six times, scoring 24 goals and assisting twice, as per WhoScored.
During that season, he averaged 2.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per game, which highlights how he came alive in and around the opposition box, rather than the build-up in deeper positions.
The 28-year-old’s last Premier League campaign came in 2017/18, where he made 23 starts for Newcastle and came off the bench 12 times, scoring six goals and assisting three – during that season he averaged 1.6 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game – highlighting his potential effect on the team when fit.
It is certainly a source of frustration for Newcastle that Gayle isn’t available, as he would be a good option to have coming off the bench – this is especially important with Joelinton having been brought off before the 90th minute in two of his four Premier League games so far.
Bruce will be hoping the 28-year-old is able to get back to action soon and add his threat to Newcastle’s attack, with the Magpies failing to score more than one goal in a match this campaign.
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