Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux have been ruled out of a return in this weekend’s game against Wigan by Alan Pardew as the pair aim for first team football.

Boss Alan Pardew has said he is hopeful that the two will be back for next Wednesday’s game against Chelsea.

Obertan has been sidelined with an ankle problem, and Marveaux has recovered from the groin and hip injuries he sustained in November.

Speaking to the Shields Gazette, Pardew said: “I’m not going to take Obertan or Marveaux. They still need to do a bit more work. They have only been on the training ground three or four days.

“They’ve had terrible weather this week, so I’ll leave them behind and get them ready for Chelsea. They’ll come back into contention.”