The news coming in today is that there is only a small chance that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be able to play tomorrow night at Blackburn.
Papiss Cisse with Pardew – yet to make Newcastle debut
Apparently Newcastle have put on special flights to give them a chance of making the squad for the Rovers game, but it seems they have still not arrived back yet on Tyneside.
Since their last game was on Sunday night, that seems a little surprising, unless they were not released by Senegal immediately after the game against Libya.
Both are free from any injury and they only played 45 minutes on Sunday evening, so we thought there would be a good chance for them to even start tomorrow night, because for the last two games we’ve looked a little weak up front.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press this morning:
“The situation with Papiss and Demba is that I am hoping, a small hope, they can make the bench.” “The flights are such that you couldn’t ask them to feature from the start.”
“But there is a good chance they could be involved on the bench. We are trying to organise extra flights to get them here.” “The truth is we didn’t expect them to play in this game – or against Villa.”
“If we can win one of the next two games and get Cisse settled quickly, we have a great chance of having as good a second half of the season as we have in the first half.”
Cheick Tiote and the Ivory Coast are going very well and won their third game in a row last night when they beat Angola 2-0, and they have won their Group B with 9 points, and they have yet to concede a goal.
The Ivory Coast will now meet one of the two host countries, Equatorial Guinea, in the quarter finals on Saturday evening in Malabo.
But the best Cheick can now do is to be back for the game at Tottenham a week on Saturday, which has a late kick-off at 12:30pm, and the Ivorian will definitely miss the game at home to Aston Villa on Sunday.