Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has allayed fears that Yoan Gouffran has sustained a serious injury and expects the Frenchman to be back in training next week.
The 26-year-old former Bordeaux star had to be stretchered off the pitch during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Tottenham and it was feared that he would be set for a lengthy lay-off. However, X-rays have confirmed that he has not broken any bones.
Pardew said when asked about Gouffran's injury: "That's all good news, fortunately. We think he'll train on Monday."
Gouffran would have been ineligible for Thursday's Europa League clash with Metalist Kharkiv as he played for Bordeaux earlier in the competition.
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That's all good news, fortunately. We think he'll train on Monday.Alan Pardew
The 26-year-old Gouffran could now be available for Newcastle's next Premier League game against Southampton later this month.
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Meanwhile, Pardew said in the build-up to Thursday's match: "Hopefully we can get through this tie and, if we get through, and hopefully get a couple of favourable Premier League results, suddenly we can really look forward to it.
"But we are obviously going up a level in terms of opposition. No disrespect to Bordeaux, who won our group, but Metalist are a little bit stronger than them and this is a huge test for us."
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