Newcastle Utd stars not fit to play Wigan Athletic

Sylvain Marveaux
Sylvain Marveaux

SYLVAIN Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan have lost their battle to be fit for Newcastle United’s visit to Wigan Athletic tomorrow.

But manager Alan Pardew’s confident the pair will be in contention for next Wednesday’s clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Marveaux is back up and running after recovering from the groin and hip injuries he suffered last November, while his fellow winger Obertan has been sidelined for the past month with an ankle problem.

And Pardew’s looking forward to having them available to face Champions League-finalists Chelsea.

“I’m not going to take Obertan or Marveaux (to Wigan),” said Pardew. “They still need to do a bit more work. They have only been on the training ground three or four days.

“They’ve had terrible weather this week, so I’ll leave them behind and get them ready for Chelsea. They’ll come back into contention.”

Yohan Cabaye suffered a knock in last weekend’s win over Stoke City, but the midfielder will be fit to play at the DW Stadium.