Bad news today that Papiss Cisse has hardly trained at all on the Newcastle’s mini-tour and is sick, and was left behind in a Munich hospital yesterday, when the rest of the squad traveled to Landsberg am Lech, for last night’s game against Monaco.
Papiss Cisse – he wasn’t sick when he scored this goal
Alan Pardew has talked today from Munich about his top striker, and the Londoner had this to say to the local press:
“Cisse, bless his heart, is ill.” “He hasn’t done any training.” “I can’t see him playing the last game.” “I can see Colo playing a part.” “He’s a player who needs to be right in his own head to play, and he likes to do a bit extra.”
“That’s the professionalism he brings to the club.” “The younger players performed better than they did in the first game.” “You saw our fitness levels were up a little bit.”
“Our established players all made progress.” “It was nice to see the young players make an impact – Haris, Mehdi, Sammy and Tav.” “I thought they were all very, very good.”
We thought young Gael Bigirimana really caught the eye for one so young, and he looked very accomplished in a black and white shirt, and the other youngsters also put in good performances as Alan pointed out.
So only three players now – Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Cisse – along with captain Coloccini, have not played in the first two games – but we expect Colo to get a run out against Fenerbahce on Saturday night in the Sonnenseestadion, SC Ritzing in Austria.
We don’t think Steven Taylor will be risked because of his hamstring, and the Newcastle medics are handling Steven at the moment with kit gloves, as they want to get a full season out of the local lad in the coming season.
Well we have to hope Cisse makes a good recovery from his illness, although we’re not exactly sure what his ailment is.
German food perhaps?