Potentially Good News On Obertan, Bad News On Aarons

Manager Alan Pardew was unwilling to give any time-frame on the length of time Gabby Obertan will be out with his thigh injury, during his press conference today.

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Gabby Obertan pulling up injured

This is what Alan Pardew said about Gabby and his injury:

“He has torn the muscle in his thigh and will be out for some time.” “What that will be, I’ve got no idea, but certainly not in the short-term.  He’s had an operation and we’re looking at a minimum of six-to-eight weeks.”

“He’s been terrific for us. We got him in a great place and he was playing with such confidence and thrust that it took the team forward.”It’s a blow to us, and although we had a great result against Liverpool, losing Gaby was the blow of the day.

“Hope fully we can cope with it, with the players we have.”

So that’s a minimum of two months out according to Pardew, but that’s a lot less than the four to five months which has been reported in the press.

It could be that Gabby will be back sooner than we thought, and maybe before March – and that would be some good news.

But Alan also had some surprise news that Rolando Aarons is a doubt for Sunday’s game:

“Rolando is a worry for Sunday because he has a little knock that we are concerned about,” “That is disappointing for us because his talent is there for all to see in terms of the little cameos and roles he has had.”

It would definitely be a blow if Rolando doesn’t make the game at West Brom, because we’d lose some speed out on the wing,  and if Rolando isn’t fit we think Yoan Gouffran could come back into the side.

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10 comments so far

  • MajorToonage

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #1

    This is pretty bad news indeed. AP finally figures it out and switches to a 4-3-3 and our first choice attacking 3 all go down with injuries. For what its worth, I would still like us to stick with the 4-3-3 because winger is the one position we have acceptable depth at. My vote would be:
    Janmaat, STaylor, Colo, Dummet
    Abeid, Colback, Sissoko
    Cabella, Perez, Sammy
    *Haidara would be fine for Dummet, but I have to give Dummet some respect for marking Sterling out of the Liverpool game
    *I think Cabella has looked better as a sub and may be getting his head on straight now, so I would rather see him than Gouf.

  • Sliema

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #2

    No to Gouffran!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously. Cabella needs a chance. Sammy needs a chance. We need the pace and youth. Goofy is exactly what is wrong with Pardew’s tactics.

  • Graeme

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Feel sorry for Gabby, but losing Rolando is a far bigger blow!!

  • Sliema

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #4


    You sir are 100% correct.


    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #5

    My Word ! People actually agreeing with eachother on here?

    Whatever next ?

  • Charlietoon

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #6

    I’m hoping this is mind games. Aarons had two players on him at all times against Liverpool and I’m hoping this could be Alan’s way of trying to get some of the attention off him.

  • Tartantoon

    Nov 8, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #7

    A few weeks ago, Pardew seemed to think there was no alternative to Gouffran despite him being totally ineffectual as an attacking player.
    I assume this was because he had no faith in our defence and wanted a player that would track back etc. He also played Sissoko out wide and two defensive midfielders to try and nullify the threat of the opposition.
    This clearely did not work as we continued to concede goals and had nowt going forward when, inevitably, we had to chase an equaliser.
    Personally, I believe he always intended to play Gouffran against Liverpool and rested him against Man City, but our ” fringe” players put up such an impressive display that he kept the faith with the same system against Liverpool.
    Whilst he deserves credit for that and for sticking Sissoko in the middle, where he is infinitely more effective, he fell upon this winning and exciting formation by default rather than design and I will be very very very disappointed if he reverts to type and Gouffran is in the strating 11 whether Rolando is fit or not

  • Tartantoon

    Nov 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #8

    What is a strating 11?,….sounds painful!

  • Tartantoon

    Nov 8, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #9


    Totally agree

  • camas

    Nov 9, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #10

    how is it that most of the comments on this blog make perfectly good sense? and yet we are still needing a CD, CF and midfield playmaker and the powers that be have not realised yet!!


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