Rafa Benitez reveals whether Dwight Gayle will be fit to face Tottenham

Dwight Gayle
Dwight Gayle

Rafa Benitez has given a fitness update ahead of Newcastle United's season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

Dwight Gayle missed last weekend's friendly against Hellas Verona because of a hamstring problem.

However, the striker is trained ahead of Sunday's game against Tottenham.

Asked about Gayle, United manager Benitez said: "He's OK. He's training."

Gayle was troubled by hamstring problems in the second half of the club's Champsionship-winning game.

And the 27-year-old had "not been comfortable" in training ahead of the Verona game.

Speaking last Sunday, Benitez said: “He needs the confidence to know he can sprint and do everything as he was doing before.

“It’s a question of confidence, so we will carry on pushing him in training, and hopefully we can get back the confidence.”

Asked if it was a hamstring problem, Benitez added: “It’s not his hamstring – it’s more the feeling that he has.

“He’s not comfortable, and we don’t want to take any risks.”

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