Gabriel Obertan

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Gabriel Obertan will miss Saturday's home game against Everton with a toe infection, United manager Alan Pardew confirmed this morning.

The winger, who arrived at St. James' Park in the summer, has been in fine form in recent weeks and provided an excellent cross for Demba Ba to open the scoring at Stoke on Monday night.

But Obertan is definitely ruled out of this weekend's clash with the Toffees, and Pardew revealed the 22-year-old could also be a doubt for the games later in November at Manchester City and former club Manchester United.

"Obertan's pace is a real asset to us because you can put teams on the backfoot," explained the boss.

"Unfortunately he has picked up an infection and I think he will miss Saturday. He might even miss the next two games, and that is really unfortunate because I thought he was outstanding at times against Stoke."

Striker Shola Ameobi is also ruled out of Everton encounter, while midfielder Cheik Tiote is battling to be fit after sitting out the victory at Stoke with a knee injury.

"Obertan and Shola are definitely out and we will have to wait on Cheik Tiote," said Pardew.