The 26-year-old France international will miss the rest of the season if, as manager Alan Pardew fears, he needs an operation on the hamstring he tore in December.
However compatriot Yohan Cabaye has a chance of playing at the DW Stadium despite limping out of Thursday night's 1-0 Europa League victory over Anzhi Makhachkala, while full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who are ineligible in Europe, return to the squad.
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