Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

Alan Pardew has revealed that Yohan Cabaye will be ruled out of Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Swansea City with a groin injury.

The influential midfielder sat out France's friendly victory over Italy on Wednesday night, and will not be fit in time for the visit of the Swans to St. James' Park this weekend.

Newcastle will also be without Jonas Gutierrez, who hobbled off last Sunday against West Ham with a knee complaint, while Fabricio Coloccini serves the second game of a three-match ban.

But striker Shola Ameobi appears to have got through his senior international debut for Nigeria unscathed, as Pardew gave the media an update on Thursday.

"We've got a few problems," explained the Magpies' manager.

"Cabaye didn't play for France and it doesn't look like he's going to play for us at the weekend either.

"Jonas will be missing, Coloccini will be missing but Shola looks okay.

"A couple of the guys (who were on international duty) are coming in tomorrow (Friday) morning so it has really stagnated the week again for us, not unlike a lot of teams in the Premier League.

"But we have got enough quality in the squad to put a good side out on Saturday, for sure."

Uncertainty currently surrounds the availability of striker Papiss Cisse, who was also withdraw against the Hammers last weekend.

Nursing a back injury, the front man did not join up with his Senegal teammates for their friendly against Niger on Wednesday, upsetting the national body.

But Pardew is hopeful that any issue will be resolved quickly and positively, allowing Cisse to be selected in the black and white stripes.

"With Papiss we have a bit of an issue going on at the moment with the (Senegalese Football) Federation.

"We feel we covered all the bases in giving them information but they seem to have not received it.

"So we are in discussions with Senegal and the FA about his availability for Saturday.

"We gave a report and an email straight after the game saying that at half-time he was feeling his back. We took him off and our doctor also sent reports on the injury.

"We didn't, as far as I'm aware, get too much information back and now it seems that Senegal are upset that he didn't appear for them.

"Somewhere down the line there has been something lost in translation there and we are trying to sort that out.

"Hopefully it will be cleared for Papiss to play on Saturday and clear for him to continue with Senegal going forward, because nobody wants any bad feeling."