Newcastle United Striker Dwight Gyale is set to miss 12 weeks of action after a knee ligament damage and will undergo surgery according to reports from Sportsmail.
The 29-year-old striker was told he needs to undergo a surgery after seeing a specialist this week following a damange to his medial collateral ligaments during a pre-season friendly with Crewe last month.
He will face up to 10 to 12 weeks on the sidelines meaning he may only be available in December.
The Tyneside outfit have been dealt with a huge blow as manager Steve Bruce would have started Gayle as his first choice striker in the new campaign.
Gayle scored four in the closing weeks of the last campaign and looked sharp in attack but his absence means Steve Bruce may have to look into the market for another striker.
Steve Bruce is interested in bringing Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson to the St James’ Park but it will depend on the Newcastle hierarchy if they will make an official bid for the striker after Villa’s £15m offer was rejected on Friday.
As it stands, Andy Carroll is the only available striker left and is set to start against his former side West Ham next weekend in their Premier League opener.