John Carver says Sylvain Marveaux had Newcastle chance before loan deal

The Newcastle United boss said Gabriel Obertan was a player that took his chance, but insists Marveaux also had an opportunity.

Newcastle United boss John Carver has denied any notion that winger Sylvain Marveaux was 'blacklisted' despite being allowed to leave the club on loan before the start of the season.

The Frenchman is currently at Guingamp in Ligue 1, and Carver insists that he was given the same opportunity as everybody else before the campaign got underway.

He is quoted in the Shields Gazette as saying: “He had the same chance as everyone else this pre-season.

“[Gabriel] Obertan in pre-season was on fire because he pushed his head above the water and kicked on.

“If it wasn’t for that injury which set him back... He took his opportunity in pre-season.”

The 29-year-old has been getting his fair share of game time back in France, making 33 appearances this season in all competitions and scoring three goals. Whether that will be enough to catch the eye of those back in the North East of England remains to be seen.

It is interesting that Carver uses Gabriel Obertan as an example of a player that has proved themselves worthy of an opportunity in the side. But Marveaux doesn't seem too keen on returning to Tyneside and pushing for a recall himself.

Comparing the two, Obertan has only managed to play 16 games for Newcastle, with there still plenty of questions to be answered surrounding his fitness.

Things do seem a little frosty with Marveaux and the coaching staff at Newcastle, though.

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