NEWCASTLE United’s Loic Remy could be fit for Fulham’s visit to St James’s Park.
The striker - the club’s only summer signing so far - missed last night’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City with a calf problem.
And it had been feared that loan acquisition Remy wouldn’t be fit until United’s visit to Villa Park on September 14.
But Pardew - who is desperate for the club to sign another striker before the transfer window closes - is hopeful he could be involved against Fulham on August 31.
“We’re still short - we’re short of Demba Ba,” Pardew said.
“That’s what it looks like, and until Remy is fit, or we get another striker, it will be a problem for us.”
United’s under-fire director of football, Joe Kinnear, is working to bring another player to St James’s Park.
The club’s 1,700-strong travelling support implored owner Mike Ashley to “spend some money” late in the City game.
Pardew, however, suggested after the match that a breakthrough is not imminent.
“There is nothing for me to immediately add,” said Pardew. “But it is a situation we need to look at very closely.
“We have Loic Remy coming back, and he’s two weeks away. Maybe he might make the Fulham game. The West Ham game is a bridge too far.”
The pre-match talk at the City of Manchester Stadium was dominated by the absence of Yohan Cabaye.
Cabaye was left out after Arsenal had a bid rejected for him earlier in the day.
And Newcastle’s performance quickly unravelled, with David Silva opening the scoring in the sixth minute.
Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri went on to find the net in a comprehensive win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Reflecting on the City defeat, Pardew said: “It’s fair to say that any team that comes to Man City isn’t going to look great. I include all the top teams in that.
“City have some top talent. We had some real blows before the game before it even kicked off.”