Newcastle United news: Gayle braced for extended spell on sidelines, Darlow's view from the top

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Dwight Gayle is being assessed by Newcastle United after limping out of the club's win against Aston Villa.

The striker suffered a recurrence of the hamstring problem which kept him out for four weeks in Monday night's 2-0 victory at St James's Park.

Newcastle fear that Gayle is facing another month on the sidelines.

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Rafa Benitez's side leqad the Championship by a point following the Villa win, and goalkeeper Karl Darlow has spoken about life at the top of the league.

Newcastle take on second-placed Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on February 28.

And it has been revealed that one of Chris Hughton's players came VERY close to joining United.