NEWCASTLE United winger Gabriel Obertan could be out for FIVE months with a injured thigh after an initial set of scans revealed significant damage.
Obertan’s injury is believed to be similar to the problem that has seen Siem de Jong sidelined since September.
The winger pulled up clutching his thigh in the first half of the 1-0 win over Liverpool at St James’s Park on Saturday and was taken down the tunnel on a stretcher.
Further tests will be required to determine the full extent of the injury but the initial signs are that he has suffered serious damage and will be out until the start of 2015, at least.
Obertan had just forced his way back into the Newcastle United first team under Alan Pardew after a lengthy spell out of the team.
Speaking after the Liverpool win, Pardew said: “The only real sour note for us was Obertan, who has been a big part of the success in the past weeks.
“We were so unfortunate to lose him, and he looks like he has got a bad injury, and that’s such a shame. He has been absolutely flying, and that knocked our spirit a little bit.
“He’s well-liked in the dressing room, so there’s a tinge of sadness a little bit with our win. I hope it’s not as bad as we think.”