Newcastle's Remy Cabella tweets fitness update for Manchester United meeting

Remy Cabella

The French playmaker has provided some bad news ahead of the Wednesday night's clash.

Newcastle United’s Remy Cabella has used his Twitter account to rule himself out of Wednesday night’s visit of Manchester United, having been dealing with a knee problem for the past week.

Cabella, 24, has missed the past two Premier League matches against Manchester City and Aston Villa, respectively, after picking up a knock in training, but head coach John Carver had hoped that he would be available for the clash with Louis van Gaal’s side.

“Fingers crossed, but again, it’s only four or five days from Saturday to Wednesday,” Carver told the Chronicle prior to the weekend’s 1-0 home win over Villa.

“He’s improving day by day, but to the extent of going in against Manchester United, he needs to be 100 per cent, so I will speak to the medical people and they will fill me in.”

Cabella doesn’t look to have made enough progress since, however, and now seems set to miss his third consecutive fixture, with compatriot Gabriel Obertan expected to continue deputising in his absence.

Signed form Montpellier in the summer for £10 million, following a season in which he broke into the France national team, Cabella endured a slow start to life in the North East, with the since-departed Alan Pardew dropping him to the bench after his first six disappointing starts for the club.

After netting 14 times in 37 Ligue 1 games, it took until January 31 for the four-times capped attacker to open his Newcastle account in the 3-0 win at Hull City, but his performances since the New Year under Carver have showcased clear flashes of the potential which saw the Magpies splash out for his signature.

The interim boss will have to make do without his flair against Louis van Gaal’s side, though, as his side look to build on the positive result over Villa.

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