Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has confirmed striker Dwight Gayle has flown to Portugal to a warm weather training camp.
The 28-year-old was thought to be closing on a return to full fitness, but has suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf issue.
Gayle is yet to make an appearance for the Magpies this season after suffering the injury during the club’s pre-season tour of Asia.
Manager Bruce told The Chronicle: “Dwight is still not right so he’s on a training camp at the minute.
“We hopeful when he comes back he will be OK.
“I haven’t seen him kick a ball yet since I’ve been here. That’s a disappointment and a frustration.”
There is no new date set for his return, meaning Bruce will continue to put his faith in main striker Joelinton and the fit-again Andy Carroll.
From looking like he was about to return, it is little wonder Bruce is frustrated about Gayle’s situation.
He is clearly pining for the former West Bromwich Albion loanee’s return, with Joelinton still finding his feet in English football.
It is thought that Andy Carroll is not yet fit to play full games and so the toothless Magpies are a little light in terms of attacking options.
And whether Gayle is the answer to Newcastle’s goalscoring is another thing – for all his goals in the Championship, he only has 21 in 99 top-flight appearances.