YOHAN Cabaye is out of Newcastle United’s FA Cup tie against Cardiff City – and doubtful for Manchester City’s visit to St James’s Park.
The midfielder left the pitch at the Hawthorns on New Year’s Day nursing an Achilles injury.
And Cabaye was quickly ruled out of this afternoon’s third-round home tie against Cardiff.
United manager Alan Pardew had admitted the injury is a “concern” to the club’s medical staff, and he will be assessed next week ahead of the City game on January 12.
“It’s his Achilles,” Pardew told SportMail. “It’s an injury in an area where you can’t afford to mess around.
“I have to really see how he’s going to improve before Man City, really, as that’s a delicate area.”
Cabaye – who has scored five goals so far this season – hit form during Newcastle’s run of Premier League wins late last year.
Meanwhile, Pardew has called on the Premier League and the Football Association to look at the scheduling of the Christmas and New Year fixtures.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert this week admitted the FA Cup was an unwanted distraction to him given the overriding importance of staying in the Premier League.
However, Pardew insists the competition is important to him – and Newcastle.
“I do think the scheduling – five games in 15 days – isn’t right and with the FA Cup on the back of it, it isn’t fair,” said Pardew, whose side go into the Cardiff game on the back of 1-0 league defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal.
“I don’t think it’s fair on Premier League managers, if I’m honest.
“But we have to suffer it and I’m looking forward to the game. I’m hoping we can a win.”
Pardew is predicting a tight contest against a club which has been lifted by the appointment of new manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer after a turbulent few weeks.
Reflecting the West Brom and Arsenal games, he said: “Really and truly, they’ve been two tight affairs and we’ve lost them both.
“It’s actually quite galling. When you get two tight games like that, it’s hard to take for the group.
“So we really need to win. I think it will be tight, and we want to win a tight game.”
l ANDY Carroll could make his comeback for West Ham against former club Newcastle at Upton Park on January 18.
The striker – who missed the first half of the season with a foot injury – this week returned to full training with the relegation-threatened club.
– MILES STARFORTH