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.
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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