Alan Pardew has said in his Brighton press conference this afternoon, that Newcastle may try to get Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse back for the Premier League game next Wednesday evening at Blackburn.
Alan Pardew – when in Tenerife earlier this week
Alan was asked about what he thinks about Senegal strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse returning early from the African Cup of Nations:
“Yeah, I’m guessing that they are not too pleased at how it’s done, so that’s something we will have to focus on when they return.”
“On the other hand obviously they are coming back early and that’s the part I’m pleased about.” “But you know they are two great players and you want the best hey players in and around you team.”
“I spoke briefly to Demba after the first game but haven’t spoken to them since last night.” “We have to understand you know, the Senegal Federation wishes and also our own.”
“Lee Charnley our Secretary will call them and have a conversation as to when and where we we can get them back”
“Blackburn on Wednesday is tight but we might try to get them back by then.”
Alan was also asked about any injuries, and he said casually that Fabrico Coloccini had picked up a knock:
“Colo got a little knock this morning and we’ll have to see how he responds tomorrow.”
Pardew also said that Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux were both progressing well from their long term injuries, and in fact we may see Marveaux back before the end of next month, as he recovers from his groin injury.
Alan was also asked if the news recently in the papers about Watford’s center-back Adrian Mariappa were true, and would he like to comment on that, and Alan hesitated and said he didn’t want to comment on any of that.
The Newcastle manager would make a very decent poker player, but he’s absolutely right to say nothing about what’s happening right now behind the scenes as far as transfers are concerned.
Pardew was also asked if they had discussed the Fulham game while they were in Tenerife, and this is how Alan responded to that question:
“Of course we did, we’d be naive not too. The problems we had at Fulham we think we can address.”
That’s good to hear.