Newcastle United’s Gabriel Obertan to miss Man City clash

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GABRIEL Obertan is out of tomorrow’s game against Manchester City tomorrow.

But the Newcastle United winger’s confident he’ll be fit for next Saturday’s visit to his former club Manchester United.

Obertan missed the Everton game with a toe infection, and manager Alan Pardew had hoped to have him available for the City game with Sylvain Marveaux sidelined with a groin problem.

But Obertan’s still not 100 per cent, and won’t be involved.

“Hopefully, I’ll be back for Man United,” Obertan said.

“Coming back early against Man City wasn’t planned, but we tried to go for it.

“I tried to play, but I don’t feel ready. It gives me four more days to be fit for Man United.”

Pardew – who will also be without Cheik Tiote – is sweating on the fitness of Leon Best, and Hatem Ben Arfa and Sammy Ameobi are vying for starts.

“Cheik won’t be involved,” said Pardew. “That’ll be a blow for us and the fans, as he’s so powerful away from home.

“Danny Guthrie’s been superb, and he’ll definitely start. Shola (Ameobi) is back in and around the team.

“Therefore the only ones we can definitely rule out are Marveaux, Cheik, Obertan and Mike Williamson.”

Ben Arfa suffered a horrific double leg break on Newcastle’s last visit to City after a crude challenge from Nigel de Jong.

Pardew – who yesterday revealed Ben Arfa will meet de Jong after the game – is ready physically and mentally.

“I think he’d love to be involved in some way, but I’ll have to gauge the day and how it goes as to whether he’ll be involved or not,” said Pardew.

“What I do know is that he’s carrying no demons about it.”

Keeper Tim Krul is expecting a busy afternoon tomorrow – but he wouldn’t have it any other way!

City have averaged more than three goals a game in their five home fixtures so far this season, and Krul faces the unenviable challenge of keeping Sergio Ageuro, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko off the scoresheet.

Krul said: “It’s exciting – I know I’m going to be busy, but I like those games.”

“I know I have to be up for the task.”