Keith Millen has confirmed that winger Bakary Sako will be sidelined for "a few weeks" with the hamstring injury that ended his evening early on Monday against Sunderland.
The Mali international had initially been a doubt for the home game against the Black Cats, due to a slight groin problem, though he proved in training that he was fit enough to feature for the Eagles. Introduced at half time, Sako only managed around 25 minutes before a hamstring strain ended his night.
"That's a disappointing one for us," Millen admitted. "For a substitute to come on and strain his hamstring.
"He will be out tomorrow and probably for a few more weeks. He had no hamstring problem on international duty, it's just unfortunate. He's going to be a miss."
Millen also confirmed that striker Dwight Gayle was nearing a recovery, though would not be in the squad for Saturday's game, whilst both Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh continue to improve their condition in training, with the former "looking sharper everyday" according to the assistant manager.
You can watch Keith's full pre-Newcastle press conference HERE.