Pardew confirms Remy is a few weeks away from fitness

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that new signing Loric Remy who joined the club from QPR during this season’s transfer window is still a few weeks away from making his debut for his new club.

Newcastle fell heavily at the first Premier League hurdle, losing 4-0 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last night, and Pardew admitted that his side is still a few players short adding that the club are still feeling the loss of Demba Ba who joined Chelsea during the January transfer window.

Pardew also pointed towards the Arsenal bid for midfielder Yohan Cabaye as having an impact on their performance but admits that until Remy is fit or the club sign another striker they are likely to struggle.

Pardew said

“We are still short. We are short of Demba Ba.

“That’s what it looks like.

“And until Remy is fit or we get another striker it will be a problem for us.”

“There is nothing for me to immediately add.

“But it is a situation we need to look at very closely.

“We have Loic Remy coming back and he is two weeks away.

“Maybe he might make the Fulham game.

“The West Ham game is a bridge too far.”

Newcastle are also without Guitierrez [hamstring], Haidara [knock], Danton [hip/thigh], Alnwick [calf’shin] and Taylor [ACL knee injury].

Newcastle topped last season’s injury league table, amassing a whopping 274 injury points. That table can be viewed here.

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Lee Hurley

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