Newcastle top-scorer Dwight Gayle discusses his recent injury woe and aims between now and the end of the season

Dwight Gayle after scoring the opener in Newcastle's weekend win.
Dwight Gayle after scoring the opener in Newcastle's weekend win.

Dwight Gayle believes his injury woes are behind him as he aims to play a crucial role in ensuring Newcastle United win the Championship title.

Gayle missed a chunk of football in January and February due to troublesome hamstring, an injury which has plagued him at times during his playing career.

But the 22-goal striker, who netted his first goal at St James's Park since December in the 2-1 win over Wigan at the weekend, believes those problems are behind him now.

And he hopes that between now and the end of the season, he can have a massive say in where the Championship title ends up.

"Hopefully now I have overcome it," he said.

"Of course. You have to get it right.

"For me, personally, you go out there and forget about. It is not too much different.

"But if it goes it's not the best but you just have to try your best out there.

"I want to play for the rest of the season and score more goals.

"Hopefully now I can get back playing well to repay the team before the end of the season."

For Gayle, who was still finding his way back to full fitness, the recent international break came at a good time.

The timely hiatus gave the striker space and time to recharge the batteries, get back to 100% fitness and go again.

He says he was not the only one who benefited.

"We have all been trying to get focused - it was a well needed rest for the boys," said the former Crystal Palace and Peterborough frontman.

"Hopefully we have got our energy back and we can push on."

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