Newcastle United midfielder Remy Cabella has ruled himself out of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Manchester United after responding to a fan's tweet to declare he'll be unavailable for selection.
The 24-year-old has missed the Magpies previous two games against Manchester City and Aston Villa with a knee injury sustained in training, and is also set to sit out tomorrow's encounter with the Red Devils at St James' Park.
Interim manager John Carver had hoped that Cabella would recover in time to face Louis van Gaal's side, but admitted that the France international would need to be 100 per cent fit to be considered for the starting XI.
"No, he's not available for this weekend, no," Carver was quoted saying by The Chronicle in the build-up to Saturday's 1-0 victory over Villa. "Fingers crossed [he'll be fit for Manchester United] but again, it's only four or five days from Saturday to Wednesday.
"He's improving day by day, but to the extent of going in against Manchester United, he needs to be 100 per cent, so I will speak to the medical people and they will fill me in."
However, it looks as though Newcastle's hopes were short-lived after Cabella took to social media on Monday evening to confirm he would not feature against Manchester United.
This injury is the latest setback in what has been a frustrating debut campaign on Tyneside following his £10 million move from Montpellier back in the summer.
Cabella arrived at Newcastle with a glowing reputation off the back of a highly productive 2013/14 in Ligue 1, during which time he scored 14 goals in 37 appearances from midfield.
However, the Frenchman took until January 31 before finding the net for his new club, after falling out of first-team favour under the former stewardship of Alan Pardew.
Under Carver the playmaker has shown glimpses of the form that prompted the Magpies to pay relatively big money for his signature, so it's a shame that he's found himself sidelined for the past couple of games.
Boost for Louis van Gaal
Manchester United supporters certainly won't bemoan Cabella's absence, as they look to secure another important away victory tomorrow with a view to sustaining their challenge for Champions League qualification.
The Red Devils currently occupy fourth spot following Saturday's 2-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford, and with Liverpool breathing down their necks Van Gaal knows that three points is a must.
Manchester United fans: How do you fancy your chances against Newcastle United tomorrow? Will Remy Cabella's absence swing the game in Louis van Gaal's favour? Share your thoughts below…
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