Details aren’t totally clear but the manager has stated that the French midfielder will miss out due to a problem with his teeth. Anybody who has had problems with their teeth will confirm that though this might be a freak reason to miss a football match, the pain is all too clear, especially if it is his wisdom teeth.
Alan Pardew will once again be left fitting the odd squarish peg into a round hole with choices to be made in both midfield and at right-back, James Perch and Vurnon Anita seemingly most likely to fill the two roles.
Might also be interesting to see what the manager takes from the Manchester United match and whether players such as Tavernier have pushed their claims to any great extent.
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