If Newcastle United fans were not already in a good mood following their move up to the Championship summit, they are in even better spirits after learning that Dwight Gayle is fit to play this weekend.
The striker suffered a problem during his side’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on February 20, and as a result was left out of the last two games.
The Magpies drew 2-2 with Bristol City and defeated Brighton 2-1 in Gayle’s absence, but they look set to have him in their ranks when they take on Huddersfield on Saturday.
In today’s press conference, manager Rafael Benitez told the gathered media that Gayle is fit to feature.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 3, 2017
It is not yet known whether the former Crystal Palace man, who has scored 20 goals in 24 league appearances, will be part of the starting lineup or named on the bench.
The Magpies currently have a two-point lead at the top of the table and are eight points above third-placed Huddersfield.
This crucial fixture could pull them away from the rest of the pack or put slight pressure on their shoulders.
Fans have expressed their delight in Gayle coming back into the fold and are debating on Twitter whether or not he should start from kickoff.
Massive boost that having Gayle back in the squad for tomorrow #NUFC
— Wayne Munroe (@WayneNufc88) March 3, 2017
BREAKING: Benitez confirms Dwight Gayle's return to the #NUFC squad for tomorrow's big clash at Huddersfield.
Another big boost! ????????
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) March 3, 2017
Please don't start Gayle tomorrow. Give him half an hour at the end or don't use him if not needed.Dont risk the injury becoming worse #nufc
— Chris (@Lownds10) March 3, 2017
Big game tomorrow at Hudds I would keep the same squad but now Gayle is back i will put him in squad instead #NUFC
— Tom Hardman (@Preston_Mag) March 3, 2017
Gayle back then. Despite our good form without him, I'd start him tomo. He's exactly what we need on the counter against Huddersfield. #NUFC
— Demba (@CheickTiote) March 3, 2017
Big boost reading Gayle is back in the squad. Hopefully we won't need to call on him though. #NUFC
— Stephen Murray (@StephenMurray87) March 3, 2017
— GallowgateShots (@GallowgateShots) March 3, 2017
@NUFC oo la la
— ⚫️⚪️M/XIC0⚫️⚪️ (@maxohayes) March 3, 2017
— nathan (@toddsta96) March 3, 2017
— Aaron Kocsis (@azzkocsis) March 3, 2017
Dwight gayle is back, thank god!
— shaun (@shauni46) March 3, 2017