Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye will be sidelined until February needing further surgery on a groin injury.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 27, 2012
It's the second time Cabaye has been forced to have surgery on his groin, based on a BBC report. Toon manager Alan Pardew said the previous procedure eventually led to the current problem, which is in another area.
"He's [Cabaye] had one side of his groin done and that caused a potential weakness in the other side, so that needs to be done," added Pardew.
"That will be done, I think, on Tuesday or Wednesday and he will probably be out for eight weeks."
Cabaye has been out of the Newcastle lineup since the club's Nov. 11 loss to West Ham. He was the team's most dangerous player in that match, creating several scoring chances. The Toon have gone winless in three matches without him.
He joins a growing injury list at St James' Park, which also includes Steven Taylor and Hatem Ben Arfa. It has reached a point where Newcastle simply can't overcome all the losses as evidenced by their poor run of play as of late.
The absence of impactful midfielders like Cabaye and Ben Arfa allows opposing back lines to key in on dynamic striker Demba Ba, who's scored just twice in his last eight matches. It illustrates how a couple injuries can have a trickle-down effect.
Being without Cabaye, who immediately impressed after joining the club from Lille prior to last season, will be a difficult challenge to overcome given his importance to the attack. As the French international has found out, groin injuries tend to linger, so the timetable is hardly set it stone.
Jonas Gutierrez will have to shoulder the extra burden during Cabaye's absence. Otherwise, scoreless performances like the one against Southampton will become commonplace until the Toon get some reinforcements off the injury list.
Keep checking back for the latest updates on Cabaye's status as he aims for a return in early February.