Definitely in the realms of ‘you couldn’t make it up’, both Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic will miss Saturday’s game.

The two strikers will miss the Brighton match due to concussions picked up on Tuesday night against Cheltenham.

Ironically, only minutes before the announcement by the club, a contributor put up on The Mag a likely team for Saturday, it looked pretty good as well, with Mitrovic and Gayle up front….

Official Newcastle United Statement on Mitrovic and Gayle:

Newcastle United can confirm that Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle will miss the Club’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, after both players suffered concussions during the Magpies’ midweek EFL Cup game against Cheltenham Town.

The Club is adhering to the FA’s Concussion Guidelines, which stipulate a phased ‘return to play’ protocol over a period of at least six days before players resume competitive football.

Paul Catterson, Newcastle’s head of sports medicine and science, said: “The treatment and management of concussion in sport has received deserved attention in recent years.

“We have to adhere to the guidelines set out by the FA in line with other competitive sports, which rightly puts the safety and health of players first.”