Alan Pardew has confirmed that midfielder Yohan Cabaye is to undergo surgery which will sideline him for several weeks.

And Shola Ameobi could miss Thursday night's Europa League clash with Maritimo at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew: "He will definitely have an operation, and we think it's going to be on Friday or Monday, I'm not sure.

"That's a blow to us because he's a top player for us.

"The only one we are a little bit concerned about for Thursday is Shola.

"He's got a slight groin niggle, so we are going to have to see how he shapes up for Thursday's game."