Newcastle loan star's injury is a huge blow for French side's survival chances

Despite being 19th in the league, Guingamp still have a chance of progressing in the league, but they will have to do it with their loan star Marveaux.

Sometimes in football it never rains but it pours. Guingamp are currently sitting second bottom of Ligue 1 after losing four out of the last six games. On Thursday night, they were not only beaten 2-1 at home to Fiorentina, but they have lost the services of Newcastle United loanee Sylvain Marveaux for the next few weeks.

Despite the loss on Thursday, and their failing league position, Guingamp actually have a good chance of making it through to the next round of the Europa League.

After five games they are joint on seven points with PAOK, unfortunately the travel to Greece on Matchday 6, but they only need a point to progress.

This will all have to be done without the services of Marveaux. Just as Guingamp were trying to fight their way back into the game, Marveaux had to come off with a hamstring injury. It could be a huge blow for Jocelyn Gourvennec's side.

Officially the attacking midfielder has yet to score in the league, but it was his free-kick that crashed off the bar before coming off the head of Lyon ‘keeper Anthony Lopes and crossing the line.

It was marvellous Marveaux that scored twice, ending a run of nine games without a goal, against PAOK, inspiring the club to the 2-0 win that gives them a chance to progress.

In Ligue 1, the Newcastle United man has set up two goals this season, including a lovely reverse ball against Lille that set up Ronnie Schwartz. That put Guingamp 2-0 up away at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Two goals and two assists may not be statistics that get the Newcastle United fans incredibly excited about the creative player, but in a team like Guingamp who have only scored 10 goals in the league, it is hard to make a telling impact.

Marveaux has played very well though. He has definitely showed that he can be the leader of men and influence games the way fans in the North-East would want him too.

There may not be a place for him back in Newcastle, but his performances have shown he is definitely worth a second-look. He could add an element of versatility and creativity that would benefit the squad, at least off the bench.

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