Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce admits he faces a major decision over who will take over as his captain during Geremi's African Nations Cup absence.
The Cameroon international could be missing for more than a month early in the new year.
Allardyce opted to hand the armband to his summer signing at the start of the campaign, and now has to look for a replacement, albeit a temporary one with the former Real Madrid, Middlesbrough and Chelsea man due to resume on his return.
The 53-year-old said: "I have had a lot of difficult decisions to make since I came to St James' Park, but I have to say deciding on just who was going to be my captain was probably one of the most difficult - and now I will have to decide again.
"Obviously we are losing Geremi at the turn of the year and I will give a lot of thought as to who will replace him as captain of Newcastle United."