Injuries are part and parcel of the football game, and news today that French winger Gabriel Obertan could be out for up to a month with a toe infection.
Gabriel Obertan – out up to four weeks with infected toe
But to course that’s exactly why you must have a strong squad in football these days, so other players can step in when injuries or poor form appear during the season.
This looks like it will be an excellent chance for Sylvain Marveaux to show what he can do in the Newcastle first team, although both Dan Gosling and the in-form Danny Guthrie and the skillful Ben Arfa can also play out on the right wing.
Rather surprisingly, Gabriel has played in every Premier League game so far this season, and he has shown some good form and set up Demba Ba’s first goal on Monday night, with a good run down the right wing, which ended in a superb cross that Ba headed home well.
The 22-year-old former Bourdeaux player joined from Manchester United in the summer for around £3M, and he has settled down well on Tyneside, and nailed down the starting right wing position at the club.
A very disappointed Alan Pardew had this to say today about Gabriel to the local Newcastle press:
“Gabby has an infection in his toe. It looks like he could miss three or four weeks – a big disappointment,”
“Gabby is a really good player for Newcastle to have and I think he’s done fabulous for us so far and his presence has been part of an unbeaten start to the season.”
“I am really, really happy with him.” “On occasions you want to see him open his legs a bit more. But he has to get that fine line between when to attack and when to keep the ball.”
Pardew will have Sylvain Marveaux or Dan Gosling in line to replace Obertan on Saturday, but don’t be surprised if Alan keeps Danny Guthrie in the side and plays him on the right wing, with Cheick Tiote expected to be back to play against Everton.
We must say Gabriel has done much better than we thought he’d do at Newcastle, although he still has his critics, but the more the lad plays for Newcastle the more his confidence has returned, after a tough time at Manchester United.
In the two seasons he had with the Red Devils, Obertan made just 28 appearances with one goal, yet already has made 12 appearances for the Magpies.
Who do you think will get the nod at right wing on Saturday?