NEWCASTLE United’s Sylvain Marveaux’s battling to play again this season.
The midfielder is sidelined with a groin problem.
And Marveaux is fighting to be fit for the relegation-threatened club’s last two Premier League games.
The 27-year-old – who has been troubled by groin problems in the past – is yet to resume full training.
Marveaux, pictured, has been doing fitness work with the likes of hamstring-victim Davide Santon, who has a slim chance of being fit for Newcastle’s final game of the season against Arsenal.
He had found form before succumbing to injury last month.
And United – who were 17th in the league ahead of this afternoon’s game against West Ham United at Upton Park – need his creative influence in midfield.
Newcastle face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road a week today.
But the odds are seemingly against Marveaux returning against Harry Redknapp’s relegated side.
Injuries have beset the club this season.
And United manager Alan Pardew, without the suspended Mathieu Debuchy, lost left-back Massadio Haidara to a hamstring problem this week.
However, influential captain Fabricio Coloccini, sidelined since February with a back injury, was set to make his comeback against West Ham.
“Full-back has been a bit of a problem for us, but that’s our season,” Pardew said
“I know everyone’s saying I keep talking about the injuries, but we’ve just had one after another. We seem to lose a player every game. We’ve accepted that.
“But I think, with Colo being fit, that’s a massive help for us. We need his experience and leadership.”
Coloccini’s leadership has been missed on and off the field.
In his absence, Pardew’s team has been captained by midfielder Yohan Cabaye, whose form has dipped in recent weeks.