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Magpies boss Alan Pardew is delighted to have secured the services of the French striker, though revealed that a calf strain is likely to keep him out of the curtain-raiser

Newcastle's newest recruit, Loic Remy, has picked up a calf strain and is unlikely to feature in the opening game of the season against Manchester City.

The 26-year-old, who snubbed a January move to St James' Park in order to sign for now relegated QPR, arrived on a season-long loan from the R's on Monday.

But Remy has joined from Loftus Road already carrying an injury and Magpies boss Alan Pardew has described his chances of being fit for the curtain-raiser against last term's Premier League runners-up as “slim”.

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“Loic Remy won't be fit for that because unfortunately he picked up a calf strain at QPR,” Pardew told reporters.

“When we've assessed him it looks like he'll have to have another couple of days before he can really do any work.

“I think his chances of starting at Manchester City are very very slim.

“Hopefully we'll cram as much as we can into him and get him up to speed. I think it's fair to the other players that he needs to be at their level before he pitches in.”

Although the France international could face a wait to make his debut for Newcastle, Pardew is delighted to have secured the striker's services and believes he can bring greater goal threat to the Magpies' attack.

“What Remy brings is a spontaneity. He brings a kind of finish that at times we lacked last year,” continued Pardew.

“He's a striker that gets all types of goals. He's somebody I sat and had a meal with and thought he had signed six months ago, so it was nice that Joe [Kinnear] got it over the line this time.

“I think he also brings to us a bigger threat to the goal. I think we need that especially at home.

“When you come to St James's Park at the back end of last year I didn't think we threatened the goal enough and he will bring us that. He'll add to the group we've got.

“It's fortunate that Shola has picked up a bit of form and Gouffran played well I thought when he came on. It sharpens everybody up at the top end and that's where this game is won.”

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