Newcastle United’s Sylvain Marveaux to miss rest of season

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SYLVAIN Marveaux is desperate to rejoin Newcastle’s Premier League campaign – but the winger admits he faces a battle to play again this season.

Marveaux had hip and groin surgery after breaking down against Everton in November.

The 25-year-old faces another two months of rehabilitation before he can rejoin training, leaving him just a few weeks to get match fit before the end of the season.

Marveaux missed the bulk of last season with a groin problem, and he had hoped his injury problems were finally behind him when he joined Newcastle last summer on a free transfer from French club Rennes.

“I’m not thinking of playing again yet – I want to do it step by step,” Marveaux said.

“It’s getting better now. I’ll start running next week. The worst – surgery and everything – is behind me and I just want to be on the pitch. I hope I will train in a couple of months.”

The months Marveaux spent in the treatment room last season have made him stronger mentally, and whether or not he plays this season, he’s confident he can repay manager Alan Pardew’s faith in him over the term of his contract.

Marveaux signed a five-year deal after a proposed move to Liverpool broke down.

“You’re always disappointed when you have a big injury like that, but I’m just happy to see the team doing well,” added Marveaux.

Marveaux – who yesterday took time out from his rehabilitation to help schoolchildren from Newcastle School for Boys, Gosforth, with their French – is glad the club’s other players from across the Channel have settled into life on Tyneside on and off the pitch.

Marveaux was joined by Spanish-speaker Jonas Gutierrez, and the pair answered questions on their football careers and lives in their own languages.

“It’s good to speak French,” he said. “I don’t know if they understood everything I said, but they tried. It was nice.”