LOIC Remy was injured for Newcastle United’s final game of the season – and NOT resting up ahead of the World Cup, according to Alan Pardew.
On-loan Remy wasn’t involved in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield.
The 27-year-old’s absence came as a surprise, with the France international having been expected to lead the line for Newcastle on Merseyside
But United manager Pardew insisted the Queens Park Rangers forward, linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend, had had a genuine problem, having left the field the previous weekend with an ankle problem.
And it meant one of Remy’s last acts in a black and white shirt was to score his 14th goal of the season against Cardiff City.
“Loic was injured,” Pardew said.
“He didn’t train all week. He’d hurt his ankle in the game. He turned it.
“If you see the video (of the Cardiff game), he’s limping around for the last five minutes.
“That was it. That was a blow. If we’d have had him out there, we might have won.”
Remy and his United colleagues Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko are expected to be included in France coach Didier Deschamps’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad, which will be revealed tomorrow evening.
However, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa isn’t expected to be named in the preliminary squad.
And Hatem Ben Arfa – who fell out with Deschamps while at Olympique Marseille, is in the wilderness for club AND country.
Ben Arfa was again left out by Pardew, and, like Remy, could well have kicked his last ball for the club.
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has allayed concerns over former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who was stretchered off against his old club Lille on Saturday.
It was feared the injury – which was caused by a poorly-timed challenge from Marvin Martin, who was sent off – could rule the midfielder out of the World Cup.
But Blanc said: “Reassuring news for Yohan Cabaye. Examinations revealed nothing very serious. Just a very swollen ankle.”
Martin apologised for the challenge after the game.