Toe blow for Obertan

French winger facing a month on the sidelines

Gabriel Obertan: Newcastle winger sidelined for a month with toe infection

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed Gabriel Obertan faces up to a month out of action with a toe infection.

Obertan, who joined the Magpies from Manchester United in the summer, has been a regular in Pardew's side this season.

The Frenchman will miss this weekend's home clash with Everton and Pardew admitted it was a major blow to lose the 22-year-old.

"Gabby has an infection in his toe. It looks like he could miss three or four weeks - it's a big disappointment," Pardew told The Chronicle.

"Gabby is a really good player for Newcastle to have and I think he's done fabulous for us so far and his presence has been part of an unbeaten start to the season. I am really, really happy with him.

"On occasions you want to see him open his legs a bit more. But he has to get that fine line between when to attack and when to keep the ball."