NEWCASTLE United have been rocked by another high-profile absence from the club’s United States tour – new signing Yohan Cabaye.
Cabaye did not travel across the Atlantic yesterday with the rest of Alan Pardew’s squad.
And it is understood that the midfielder was denied a work visa for the three-game tour by the US Embassy in London because of a what has been described as a “minor issue”.
Cabaye (pictured), signed this summer from French champions Lille, is the third Newcastle player to be denied a visa, with Joey Barton and Nile Ranger having also stayed behind.
And the 25-year-old is instead expected to travel to Holland, along with Barton and Ranger, with Peter Beardsley’s development squad for their three-game pre-season tour.
However, Cabaye’s absence is still a significant blow to Pardew, who had hoped to integrate the France international into his team as quickly as possible ahead of the new campaign.
Cabaye has already impressed on the training field, and was neat and tidy in a defensive midfield role in Friday night’s 2-0 pre-season win at Darlington.
And Pardew – whose team take on Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night – has high hopes for Cabaye, along with his fellow arrivals Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux.
While Newcastle are yet to comment on Cabaye’s absence from the US squad, Pardew praised him after his debut at the Northern Echo Arena, where he came on for the injured Danny Guthrie early on.
“Yohan will add something to us – he’ll add a pass and an intelligence to our game, for sure,” Pardew said.
“The players have already seen that all three are good players. It’s no good on the training ground.
“Even your top players like Colo (Fabricio Coloccini) and Joey, you want to see these players performing in the Premier League. You want to see what they’re going to do for us, and only time will tell, but at the moment, they’re showing very well.”
Meanwhile, unsettled defender Jose Enrique – who is being tracked by Liverpool and Arsenal – did travel to America with his Newcastle team-mates, suggesting a move away from St James’s Park is no closer to being finalised. However, Guthrie and Shane Ferguson – who was also injured against Darlington – did not travel.