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Newcastle United news LIVE: Injury latest, Palace build-up, Gayle future

Hello and welcome to our Newcastle United live blog on Saturday, December 21.

Steve Bruce and Co face Crystal Palace at St James' Park today, with United hopeful that Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron will be fit to play.

United will be hoping to quickly bounce back following their defeat at Burnley last time out.

Elsewhere, would-be Newcastle United owners GACP Sports have sold their stake in Bordeaux after falling out with co-investor King Street Capital Management.

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Dwight Gayle and formations

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United
Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle reacts during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United

Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce admits that he may have to change the way his side play if he’s to get the best out of Dwight Gayle.

Bruce is a big fan of Gayle and frequently references his attempts to buy him at various times in his career, but so far has rarely used him for United.

Gayle has only clocked up 62 minutes of football this season after missing the start of the campaign through injury, and Bruce concedes that a change of formation may be the best way to accommodate the former Crystal Palace forward.

“Possibly,” Bruce said in his press conference prior to Saturday’s game. “I’ve had many questions on Dwight, and eventually he’ll get his chance.

“The way we’ve been playing, we would need a change of formation to get the best out of him.

“I’m toying with that, because obviously with the loss of Allan Saint-Maximin we’ve not been as effective as I’d like us to be at the top end of the pitch - so it is food for thought.”

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Bruce's plans

Roy Hodgson is the visiting manager to St James’ Park today - and at 72, is the oldest manager in the Premier League.

But Newcastle United’s head coach Steve Bruce has no desire to rival the record - hoping that after a successful run on Tyneside, he can retire before 70, even perhaps in five years time.

Asked whether the perfect ending for his career would be to go out on a high at St James’ Park as opposed to working into old age, Bruce said:

“If it ended next month, I am not ready to walkaway from anything.

“I genuinely hope that it is (the last job).

“The average lifespan for all managers now is 18 months, like it or lump it.

“I hope I can have more than 18 months, I hope I can do three, four or five years.

“If I do that, then possibly it will be the last one.

“It would be the perfect ending.”

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Morning

Morning everyone and welcome to our NUFC live blog.

It’s match day, of course, with United playing Palace at 3pm today - we’ll have all the build up throughout the morning.

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