Rafa Benitez handed huge injury blow: Toon will be without star strikers for Brighton game

The Serb, however, lasted just 38 minutes of his comeback game before coming off after an aerial clash.

And Gayle fared little better, replacing Mitrovic but then going off himself after taking a whack in the head.

Benitez did receive some good news today with two-goal Ayoze Perez, another of Newcastle’s walking wounded in midweek, being declared fit for the Brighton game.

Perez sported a bandage after picking up a cut on his ear but has reported no ill-effects.

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