SYLVAIN Marveaux is out of Newcastle United’s game against Liverpool.
The influential midfielder sat out last weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion with a groin problem.
And Marveaux will again be absent when Newcastle face Liverpool at St James’s Park tomorrow.
However, United manager Alan Pardew is hopeful the 27-year-old will be fit for the club’s visit to Upton Park on May 2.
Asked when Marveaux would be fit, he said: “I think next week, hopefully.
“The guys seem pretty confident he’s got a good chance for West Ham.”
Marveaux has been troubled by groin problems in the past, and Pardew won’t take any risks with the former France Under-21 international, who has hit form in recent months.
Liverpool were close to signing Marveaux, then at Rennes, in the summer of 2011, but the club pulled out of a proposed deal at the 11th hour.
Pardew will have Cheik Tiote available, with the midfielder having recovered from the hamstring problem which saw him miss the club’s visit to The Hawthorns.
And forward Hatem Ben Arfa, short of fitness after his latest lay-off, has had an intensive week’s work on the training pitch.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini is back in training, but unlikely to be involved.
Like Marveaux, Coloccini’s comeback could come against West Ham United.