The France international, on loan from QPR for the season, will be unavailable for the Magpies' Premier League opener on August 19 thanks to a strain preventing him from runningNew Newcastle signing Loic Remy will miss the first game of the season against Manchester City.
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"We look like we need a bit of improvement at the top of the pitch," Pardew told The Chronicle. "We have Remy in and unfortunately he's injured, so that's still an area we need to improve on.
"It's just a strain but it's an area that is stopping him from running at the moment. We need to get some work into him.
"There is no chance of him making Man City. Whether there is a chance of him playing against West Ham in the next game is something we will have to suck and see as we go along."
The France international was in good form for QPR last season, despite their relegation, as he netted six goals in 14 appearances after joining from Marseille in January.