Newcastle loan player Henri Saivet was enjoying a return to regular football after a disastrous move to St James Park.
However, three matches in quick succession after so long without regular football have taken their toll.
When quizzed about the player’s absence from the team that beat Bastia 1-0 on Sunday, St.Etienne manager Christophe Galtier revealed that Henri Saivet had broken down with a thigh injury.
Galtier doesn’t expect Saivet back until at least November as he recovers from this setback.
Interesting to see that since his return to Ligue 1 the player has been used in a more advanced position as one of a front three or just behind the main striker. This is where he played for so many years before Bordeaux converted him to a holding midfielder not long before Newcastle bought him last January.
Before making his first appearance for St.Etienne, Henri Saivet had only played 147 minutes of competitive football in the previous eight months, so little surprise to see him picking up an injury after a few matches in quick succession on top of early season intensive training.
Tonight another Newcastle loan player is set to make a very rare first team outing, so fingers crossed that Siem de Jong gets through his PSV match against Roda JC.
PSV boss Phillip Cocu having indicated that de Jong will make his first team debut, after two promising appearances for the second team and his first appearance on the first team bench at the weekend as an unused sub v Feyenoord.