Emmanuel Riviere set to miss Newcastle United's Premier League opener

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The French striker has suffered a knee injury that will see him miss the next few weeks.

Newcastle United forward Emmanuel Riviere has left the club's pre-season tour of the United States, and returned to the UK with a knee injury that will see him miss the Premier league opener with Newcastle on August 9, according to the Sunderland Echo.

Magpies boss Steve McClaren revealed in his press conference after the win over Sacramento that the former Monaco striker will play no part in the club's last match in the US against Portland Timbers, also missing the final pre-season games against Sheffield United, York City and Borussia Monchengladbach,

After being asked about Riviere, McClaren is quoted by the Echo as saying: “He’s been sent back home.

“He’s had a scan on a knee problem, which needs a small operation, so he’s back home to get that done.”

The 25-year-old struggled last season after arriving from Ligue 1, not scoring his first Premier League goal until May when he netted against QPR.

Riviere ended up with a record of 28 games played in total for the Magpies, and only three goals scored. Considering this was spread out over over 1500 minutes, it was a pretty disappointing strike rate, but given his age, there was still the chance the player could have a much more successful season in the North East than he managed in his debut campaign.

But it looks like Riviere's season is not going to start in the best of ways, sitting out a length of time that was not revealed by the former England manager but could see him missing more than one Premier League match.

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