Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that the groin injury suffered by Yohan Cabaye while on international duty last week will keep the midfielder sidelined for four to six weeks.
The Magpies had initially hoped for the injury to be less severe but it now seems that the Frenchman could be out until the new year.
“Cabaye looks like he could be out four to six weeks. He might possibly have to have a little surgery on that groin. It could be we run all the way to the end of January before I have my first team to pick from,” Pardew was quoted by Sky Sports.
The manager also looked ahead to the forthcoming absence of midfielder Cheick Tiote during the African Cup of Nations in January and admitted that it would be frustrating to lose a midfielder even when Cabaye returns.
The team is already without Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic, who are sidelined with longer-term injuries.
“When Cabaye comes back, Cheick will be gone. It is tough for us at the minute. You have seasons when you lose players and you have to be able to cope with it. If I had everybody available then losing Cabaye would not be such a blow. At the minute we cannot afford to lose anybody,” Pardew asserted.
After a strong finish to last season, Newcastle have struggled to replicate that type of form, currently in 12th place with 14 points.
On Thursday, they will host Maritimo with hopes of remaining unbeaten in the Europa League this campaign.