Newcastle boss not fearing 'massive' loss of Gabriel Obertan

Gabriel Obertan could be out of Premier League action for Newcastle until the new year.

Obertan had been one of the key members in the Magpies return to form in recent weeks, scoring the winning goal over Leicester City, before featuring in the victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

He went on to start against Liverpool last weekend, but he was removed from action before half-time after pulling up when sprinting for the ball. Following the game, it was reported that Obertan could be on the sidelines well into the new year, and his injury will be a large loss for the Toon.

However, whilst Toon boss Alan Pardew is sad that Obertan will be out of action, he is confident that the playing squad will keep the ‘good feeling’ that is going around St James’ Park, with plenty of options still in the squad. The North Eastern club travel to the Hawthorns on Sunday, looking to defeat West Bromwich Albion, where a win could take the Toon as high as sixth place in the Premier League table, and Pardew is happy with the quick turnaround of fixtures - allowing the confidence to remain high amongst the Magpies squad.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew said: “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.”

Although Obertan will be out of action, Pardew will be able to call on Rolando Aarons and Sammy Ameobi, whilst Moussa Sissoko also featured in a wide position in the victory over Liverpool.

Despite their poor start to the season, Newcastle sit on equal points with West Brom, and a win on Sunday could take the club ahead of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham - further securing Pardew’s future at St James’ Park.

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