That mysterious toe injury that Gabriel Obertan has been carrying for weeks now has finally cleared up and he will be in the squad tomorrow and could see some play in the second half, and there’s even a chance he could start the game.
Gabby Obertan - after scoring great goal against Bordeaux
Who’s that guy in the background?
Obertan will provide some speed and skill down the right wing in Ben Arfa’s absence, and he’s exactly the type of attacking player we need in the team right now – and we hope to see him running straight at the QPR defense tomorrow afternoon.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said about the French U21 International today:
“Gabby has a chance of being involved on Saturday. When we don’t have Gabby, it does affect the opposition because when he’s in the team their left-back does not go anywhere.
“We’ve had problem with that in recent weeks in terms of the opposition left-back getting into our box and creating goals. If nothing else he will stop that and if Gabby plays as he has done in the European matches, then he will affect the game in a positive manner as well.”
Obertan hasn’t played too much for Newcastle this season, appearing only 13 times with one goal, but it will be good to have him back, and as long as Ben Arfa is out injured the 23 year-old can provide some thrust and skill down the right wing – and we badly need that these days.
It’s good to have Gabby back fit again – and in the squad – and we hope he gets a run out tomorrow in what is a crucial game against QPR – who are 7 points behind Newcastle, and we hope that’s 10 points by 5:00 pm tomorrow afternoon.
Howay The Lads!!