Perch missed Newcastle's laboured draw with Aston Villa on Sunday along with midfielder Cheick Tiot
and Ryan Taylor, who are both early-season casualties of United's crowded fixture programme.
The likes of Cheick Tiot
, Yohan Cabaye and Fabricio Coloccini were linked with moves elsewhere.
Elsewhere, Newcastle anticipate a quiet week with no moves in the pipeline and no formal bids either for Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiot
or Fabricio Coloccini - the three players who have attracted the most interest.
For, while United will do their best to fend off offers for blue-chip performers like Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiot
and Fabricio Coloccini, they are fully aware that three of the Premier League's big beasts are on the prowl.
Manager Alan Pardew still expects a bid to come in for one of his star men, such as Cheick Tiot
, Yohan Cabaye or Hatem Ben Arfa, and this speculation is something the other players find difficult to ignore.
My one evening's consolation was meeting up with an old friend I hadn't seen for a couple of years and, as is the case with friends, we arrived at beery conclusions - ie we're more concerned about a bid for Ben Arfa than Cheikh Tiot
or Cabaye, the PM should be Edmund Blackadder, within 10 years the official currency of the EU will be coloured beads and Buffalo hides.
Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiot
didn't seem up to speed, and it was stick or twist as to who to take off.
I am concerned about Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiot
. Colo was struggling after 20 minutes, but being him he wanted to stay on because we had lost two goals.
Pardew is quite right and while it would have been nice to see a goal, Newcastle played good, attacking football with Papiss Ciss, Cheick Tiot
, David Santon and Ryan Taylor the standout performers.
is now ten times the player he was compared to this time last year and is on the verge of having the best season of his career, according to Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew.
Newcastle United 1 Fenerbahe 1 DAN Gosling checked out of Newcastle United's tour of Germany and Austria having made a strong case to Alan Pardew that he is ready to challenge team-mates Cheick Tiot
and Yohan Cabaye for a place in the Magpies' engine room next season.
's French-speaking agent was in contact with Newcastle at the beginning of last week but the player's future was not at the forefront of discussions.