Alan Pardew has confirmed that Steve Mandanda will have to have surgery after sustaining a knee injury in training, meaning he is unlikely to feature again for the Eagles until the New Year.
The French goalkeeper has already missed the last two games after returning from international duty injured and Pardew has now confirmed he will have to undergo surgery to "tidy up" the problem.
"Steve's going to have an operation on his knee this week. He hurt his knee in training," he said. "So he's definitely out for about six weeks I think. It's a shame, it's really a tidy up [operation], he's got a couple of issues in there. His knee locked up in training. It's a simple operation."
Pardew also provided an update on Pape Souare.
"The injury he's had is so unique to football," he said. "We've been trying to find situations where this injury has been in the game and there aren't many. We really are in the unknown in terms of the recovery of it. But he has a great spirit about him, he's honest and the stuff he put out last night is typical Pape. We love him and we're obviously going to do everything that we can to get him back.
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