NEWCASTLE United’s injury list has lengthened ahead of the club’s visit to Arsenal.
Manager Alan Pardew fears Jonas Gutierrez is out of the rest of the club’s festive programme.
And his midfield colleague Vurnon Anita is facing a spell on the sidelines with the ankle problem he suffered in yesterday’s 4-3 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Anita’s injury was today being assessed by the club’s medical staff.
The 23-year-old was caught late by Antonio Valencia late in the game.
“It was a bad challenge – it went unnoticed a little bit,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“We’re just hoping it’s not as serious as it could be.”
Anita, signed in the summer from Ajax, has impressed in recent weeks, and his absence at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday will be keenly felt by Newcastle.
Pardew, pictured, however, will have Cheik Tiote back from a one-game suspension.
Gutierrez isn’t expected back for the Arsenal game – or the January 2 home fixture against Everton.
However, he has a chance of being involved in the club’s FA Cup third-round tie at Brighton and Hove Albion on January 5.
Pardew said: “Jonas’s knee’s been giving him problems, and we had to inject that.
“He’ll be missing for the next two or three games.”
Meanwhile, teenage defender Remie Streete, from South Shields, travelled to Old Trafford for the game with Pardew’s first-team squad.
The 18-year-old has recovered from the serious ankle problem he suffered last season.
And Pardew took Streete – who he believes is close to competing for a place in his squad – to gain experience of a first-team matchday.