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Cabaye denied American visa

July 18, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has become the third player to be denied an entry visa for the Premier League club's pre-season tour of the United States.

Newcastle's new signings Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba in training
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Midfielder Joey Barton and young striker Nile Ranger both failed to get visas due to previous criminal convictions, but Cabaye's failure is believed to be because of a minor technical problem.

The £4.8 million summer signing from Lille did not join the rest of the travelling party when they headed across the Atlantic on Sunday and his absence will come as a blow to manager Alan Pardew, who had hoped to assimilate his new signings into the squad during their time in America.

Pardew insisted last Thursday that Barton, whose application was rejected because of his spell behind bars for assault, would slip seamlessly back into the first-team squad on their return.

He, like Ranger, who was convicted for his part in a street robbery as a 15-year-old, will instead join the development squad when they head for their training camp in the Netherlands later this week.

Frenchman Cabaye, who will now also go to Netherlands, is another facing a frustrating wait to resume training with his new team-mates as he and fellow new arrivals Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid only started work on Tyneside the week before last.

Pardew and his players were due to get down to work on Monday in Kansas ahead of Wednesday's opening game of the tour against Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

They will continue their preparations when they face Orlando City on Sunday and Columbus Crew next Tuesday.