Dwight Gayle was forced off on Saturday with what looked to be yet another hamstring injury.

This was confirmed to be the case after the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Sky Sports reported on Monday lunchtime that Dwight Gayle was having a scan on the injury.

The club has now confirmed that the striker is now undergoing tests on his right leg to see how serious the problem is.

This latest injury follows previous hamstring issues he has had earlier this season with his left leg.

With only 27 days until the final game of the season, the news does sound ominous and you would have to be very optimistic to believe we will see Dwight Gayle back out on the pitch this season.

Hopefully he will prove me wrong!

Official Newcastle United Statement:

Newcastle United can confirm that Dwight Gayle sustained a hamstring strain in his right leg during United’s 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Dwight is currently undergoing tests to determine the severity of his injury so it is not yet known how long the player may be out injured.’

This is set to be the fourth serious hamstring injury for Dwight Gayle in the last 17 months.

After picking up a hamstring setback at Brentford in January, the striker made only one Championship start in two months before returning for the defeat against Fulham in March.  The striker having lasted only half an hour against Villa after coming back too early in February.

Last season, after playing for Crystal Palace in a home draw with Manchester United on Halloween 2015, Gayle was missing for Palace until he returned as a late substitute for Connor Wickham in a 1-1 draw at Everton on 7 December 2015.

That five week week recovery time proved insufficient with the then Crystal Palace striker breaking down once again with his hamstring problem.

This time it was almost three months Dwight Gayle missed, as he only returned as a late sub for Yohan Cabaye in a 3-2 defeat at West Brom on 27 February 2016.