Gabriel Obertan will be out of action for a number of months with his thigh injury, and it’s really hard luck on the Frenchman.
Gabriel Obertan – badly torn thigh muscle
The injury seems similar to the one picked up by Siem de Jong – a torn thigh muscle, and the initial scans have shown a lot of damage so Gabby’s going to be about for a good number of months – maybe even as many four or even five months, like Siem.
We estimate it’s probably going to be March or April before we see Obertan back again playing for Newcastle, and it’s a devastating blow to the player, and the second long term injury picked up by a Newcastle player this season.
Manager Alan Pardew had this to say today:
“Now we want the games to come thick and fast.” “We are all sad for Gabby because he’s been a massive part of what we have done recently.”
“But we still go there with lots of options and a good feeling.” “My gut feeling was that this group had more to offer.” “I needed to get that to the surface, get it out there.”
“That’s the only message you can give as manager. It’s not about what you say it’s about what you deliver.” “We’ve managed to deliver it in the last couple of weeks.”
Obertan has done so well this season, after his career had looked to be over in the summer, but he put his head down, and fought his way back into the starting eleven, and it’s the best we’ve ever seen the former French U21 International play at Newcastle.
Newcastle are well covered on the wings at the moment with players like Cabella, Gouffran, Aarons and Ameobi all able to add pace out there.
There’s also good news that Jonas Gutierrez plans to return to Newcastle next month – and wants his first team place back again – now that he is cancer free.
It’s really sad about Obertan.
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