Newcastle Winger Out For Up To Four Weeks


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?

Comments welcome.



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80 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    On occasions you want to see him open his legs a bit more.

    Made me laugh, may be his girlfriend thinks the same 2

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  • GeordieGerman

    Nov 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t play Guthrie on the right.

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  • nufc_123

    Nov 3, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    not the worst injury in the world to have, just slot mr. sylvain marveaux in on the right and we’ll be fine 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    i will say, Perch on the right

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  • lgnufc

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #5

    if you had to pick an injury to a starting player it would have been Oba or Besty in my opinion, not that im happy about the situation. but so whats the go for Everton? jonas on the right, and sylvain on the left to whip it over to demba?

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #6

    @GG: Agreed, we need to stop playing our central midfielders out of position.

    Let’s give Marveaux a chance to shine. Howay!

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  • Greg B

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #7

    I think Marveaux too, a natural replacement.
    With the options we have there should be no need for Pardew to stick Guthrie on the wing, would have Gosling ahead of Guthrie, especially against Everton.

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  • lgnufc

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #8

    seriously disappointed if perch goes out on the right btw, and guthrie playing on the wing is not a good idea either.

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  • Kris

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Bad news! But we have Benny and Marveaux ready. Hope we play Marveaux against Everton!

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  • Phatoon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Bit of a blessing in disguise really…

    Although I don’t think Obertan has been a bad as many make out, he could definitely improve. It also means that HBA or Marveaux can take his starting place and Pardew would only have to sub on 1 of them in order for them both to partake. Then we Obertan is fit again he may have to fight for his place a bit more and give him the boost he needs.

    If Best is still ill (although he played well on Monday). We could always try a 4-5-1:

    ……………………….Krul
    ……………S Taylor…..Coloccini
    Simpson………………………………R Taylor
    ………………………Tiote
    …………..Guthrie………Cabaye
    Marveaux……………………………Gutierrez
    ………………………..Ba

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  • TS -77

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Just “happy” or maybe I should say lucky that its in midfield were gettings injuries cause there is competion for places. Would be disaster if the defenders or attackers would break down.

    Get well soon Obertan. And Ed as well.

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  • Stuart

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Quite a shame as I like Obertan, but it does give a chance to either Marv or HBA.

    I worry slightly about AP like, he doesnt half make some camp comments every now and again haha!

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  • Phatoon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #13

    *when Obertan is fit

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  • TS -77

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #14

    Hope to see Ben Arfa given Obertans place, winger or not, on form he´s probably our most talented player.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #15

    @LGNUFC

    I was only joking abt perch on the ryt

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  • spitfire_

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s Marvelous time!

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Ben Arfa wont play as Pardew has said himself he wont play him on the wing, ad imagine it will be Marveaux which a dont think will work as he looked very uncomfortable playing on the right against Blackburn.. wack Sammy in haha

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #18

    actually Abeid can play right wing aswel

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Marveux or HBA in my opinion. As long as he doesnt put Guthrie on the right > Or as the Indian states, PERCH :-0

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    nehh play Marveaux =]

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Guthrie will play CM am guessing cos apparently Tiote still hasnt trained a wonder if wer just not guna risk him cos we need him for the 3 games after international break

    ————–Krul
    Simo-Taylor-Colo-Raylor
    ——-Guthrie-Cabaye
    Marveaux————Jonas
    ————Best—Ba

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  • lovinthebanter

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #22

    Hi Guy’s, first post but follow the comments everyday! Just registered because although it’s sad for Obertan…. it’s nice we have options and one that hasn’t been mentioned is Santon! moving raylor up field?????

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  • geoff777

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Marveaux would be the natural replacement.

    Gosling can play there too.

    Looks like we’ll get to see some of the players who with a few starts could make a real claim to keep the shirts.

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Disappointed with the Obertan news. The lad was just starting to get his confidence going and was beginning to make a real impression.
    Guthrie has never played well as a right winger and should not be considered. Neither should Gosling or Benny. It has to be Marveaux or maybe even give Sami a chance.
    Another alternative would be to use Ryan Taylor and bring Santon in at left back. (probably my choice).
    Pardew has to think carefully about this one as 3 points on Saturday will put us in great heart for the tasks ahead.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #25

    @23
    and in second place, for 2-3 hours atleast

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #26

    @24 sorry

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #27

    tbf Santon used to be a right winger he could come in and do a right footed Gareth Bale

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  • CaptainGeordie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Wouldn’t even risk Tiote like ! Keep Guthrie in the Mid and Put Ben Arfa on the right.

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    why should Gosling not be considered ? he played ther for Everton

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  • geoff777

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Marveaux / Gosling / Sammi / Santon / Guthrie / Raylor (Santon to LB)

    Looks like we’ve got it covered 🙂

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  • Klatoon

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    I dont want Marveaux on the RW,rather play HBA in a free role drifting in from the right. One thing’s for sure,Simmo is gonna be exposed unless AP moves Jonas to RW (which i doubt)

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  • lgnufc

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #32

    Haha @Indian Magpie
    Thank goodness for that. Terrible player

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #33

    How about raylor rw and santon lb?

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  • joejoe

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Raylor on the wing? How can you expect to be taken seriously with that suggestion? Really???

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #35

    GeordieToon89 @ 29
    Because I don’t think he’s up to speed yet in his favoured midfield role never mind asking him to do a running job on the right wing.

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  • Stuart

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #36

    Ryan Taylors natural position is RW joejoe. How can you expect to be taken seriously if you dont know that?

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #37

    joejoe
    How can you expect to be taken seriously with that comment?

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  • wynsleap

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #38

    You just beat me to it Stuart

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  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #39

    @stuart

    Ryan taylor played on the left with valencia on ryt in a wigan team that did decent

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 3, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Well done Joe Joe. Showed your great knowledge of our players there. 😉

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