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Newcastle's Pardew fears losing Anita after Man Utd loss

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew suggests midfielder Vurnon Anita could be sidelined with an ankle injury.

The Dutchman had to be stretchered from the pitch during his sides dramatic 4-3 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford because of a poor challenge from Antonio Valencia.

Pardew fears Anita may now miss the December 29 meeting with Arsenal whilst also suggesting Jonas Gutierrez will be out for a few weeks after a knee problem kept him from the United clash.

"I was a bit upset with that tackle," said Pardew.

"I have seen it again and I don't think it was malicious but Valencia has mistimed it badly and unfortunately it might cost us a player.

"I am not sure what is wrong. It is too early to say.

"It is a bang on the ankle. We will have to see whether he will make Arsenal, which would be a loss to us."

He added of Jonas: "He will be missing the next two or three games.

"Gutierrez will have an injection in his knee tomorrow. It is not clearing up and he is not 100%."

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