It was three hard fought for points at Brentford but also three enforced substitutions, with Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden and Vurnon Anita all forced off the pitch.
At the time it looked as though Anita was the most serious with Hayden not so bad, whilst with a hamstring problem there were large margins in terms of how serious it was for Gayle.
The initial diagnosis/forecast backs up those initial fears/hopes.
George Caulkin who covers Newcastle United for The Times, has given an update with information from the club.
George Caulkin says:
“Hayden’s injury not serious – outside chance he could be back this weekend.
“Newcastle United believe Dwight Gayle will miss 2-3 weeks with hamstring injury, but it’ll be 2 months+ for Vurnon Anita with ankle ligament damage.”
Looking at the fixtures schedule (see below) this looks set to mean the following for the three players:
Isaac Hayden – Misses Birmingham in the cup but could be back for Rotherham on Saturday, more realistically maybe the FA Cup fourth round match against Oxford (if beating Birmingham), or could even be kept for the following game in the Championship against QPR.
Dwight Gayle – Best case scenario (two weeks) would give him a chance of that home match with QPR on Wednesday 1st February, whilst worst case scenario (at least three weeks) would mean Wolves away on Saturday 11 February.
Vurnon Anita – In two months time there is a two week international break after the Birmingham away match on Saturday 18 March, with Newcastle not due to play after that until Saturday 1 April when home to Wigan. So that game at St James Park looks to be the next time the Dutchman stands a chance of returning.
Good luck to all three of them on their recoveries.
Wednesday 18 January – FA Cup 3rd round replay Newcastle v Birmingham (7.45pm)
Saturday 21 January – Newcastle v Rotherham
(Weekend of) Saturday 28 Oxford v Newcastle (If beating Birmingham on Wednesday)
Wednesday 1 February – Newcastle v QPR (7.45pm) – SKY SPORTS
Saturday 4 February – Newcastle v Derby (3pm)
Saturday 11 February – Wolves v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS
Tuesday 14 February – Norwich v Newcastle (7.45pm)
Monday 20 February – Newcastle v Aston Villa (8pm) – SKY SPORTS
Saturday 25 February – Newcastle v Bristol City (3pm)
Saturday 4 March – Huddersfield v Newcastle (5.30pm) – SKY SPORTS
Tuesday 7 March – Reading v Newcastle (7.45pm)
Saturday 11 March – Newcastle v Fulham (3pm)
Saturday 18 March – Birmingham v Newcastle (3pm)