Steve McClaren has confirmed that Remy Cabella has picked up a thigh injury AND that Emmanuel Riviere has been sent home from the tour of America for an operation.

On Saturday, L’Equipe reported that Remy Cabella had a torn quadriceps (group of muscles located in the front of the thigh) and that he would definitely miss the start of the season, with a recovery time of up to eight weeks.

The Newcastle Head Coach admitted that Cabella has a thigh injury and that is why he was left behind in England, though wouldn’t put a timeframe on it.

In the case of Emmanuel Riviere, McClaren said that he picked up a knee injury whilst training in teh States and had been sent home for what he describes as a ‘small operation’.

Remy Cabella is yet to get any match action this pre season, whilst Riviere has only had 45 minutes at Gateshead.

With also news tonight that Fabricio Coloccini has an Achilles problem that has ruled him out so far, it doesn’t look as though the new NUFC fitness regime is paying many dividends as yet…

Steve McClaren talking to the Chronicle:

“He (Riviere)has been sent back home – he had a scan and it’s a knee problem.

“I think it’s a meniscus and needed a small operation, so he has gone back.”

On Remy Cabella:

 “We don’t know how long it (Cabella will be out) is exactly but just before we came away he felt something in his thigh.

“We won’t take risks with players and we’ll just have to see how long that will be.”