Newcastle boss Alan Pardew's hopes of having striker Loic Remy back to spark a recovery have been dealt a blow.

The France international has been conspicuous by his absence through a calf injury in recent weeks as the Magpies have slipped to consecutive heavy Barclays Premier League defeats by Everton, Southampton and Manchester United.

Pardew had hoped his leading scorer would be available for this weekend's trip to Stoke after returning to training, but the 52-year-old will have to remain patient for a little longer.