Gabriel Obertan

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is confident winger Gabriel Obertan can play some part in Wednesday night's Premier League fixture against Manchester United.

The summer signing has a slight toe infection - a problem which forced him to miss a couple of games earlier on in the season - and there was talk that he could be ruled out once again.

Peter Lovenkrands (calf) and Danny Guthrie (groin) are both still short-term absentees, but Pardew is happy with the make-up of his squad and is hopeful of Obertan being declared fully fit.

"He (Obertan) has got a very, very sore toe which is slightly infected," explained the boss on Tuesday afternoon.

"We will have to see whether he plays a part tomorrow. I think he will do.

"In terms of the long-term injuries I've got - Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveuax - I've probably got the best team I can have. We're in good shape."