Cisse And Gutierrez To Return – But Obertan Injured

Alan Pardew has said that Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse will be in the squad for the game against Maritimo on Thursday night, but Gabby Obertan, who was missing from the squad yesterday, has another toe injury, and he will miss the Maritimo game.

Papiss Cisse – in the squad for Maritimo game

And Alan Pardew has again talked about the baffling decision by the Senegal Football Federation to stop Papiss Cisse playing yesterday, and we hope Newcastle take whatever legal action they can on this rather stupid and uncalled for decision.

This is what Alan said about it after the game:

“The decision over Papiss was baffling, and that’s been a blow to us,” said Pardew after the final whistle.” “We kept getting promised that the decision was going to be overturned and that Senegal were going to let Papiss play, but we kept waiting and waiting and it was at about 1.40pm that we finally found out that wasn’t going to happen.”

“It did affect our preparation. Him missing was a blow to us. We didn’t feel we did anything wrong and he should have played.” “In the first 60 minutes (against Swansea) you would have expected Papiss to come up with a goal.”

It’s a good job we have a game at home against Maritimo in the Europa league on Thursday night, and then Southampton away in the Premier League, and it’s an opportunity for Newcastle to try to put things right quickly, after suffering two home defeats in a row in just seven days.

Jonas Gutierrez was all but ready to play in yesterday’s game, but Newcastle decided against taking the risk, which was probably the right decision, and he’ll be ready for Thursday night, but Gabby Obertan needs a minor toe operation, and he will miss the Maritimo game.

This is what the Newcastle manager said about Gabby, Jonas and Papiss:

“Obertan has got a toe that we needed to sort out, so there has been a man oeuvre on that which put him out today and probably for Maritimo as well. He might be back for Southampton.” “Jonas, we think will be back on Thursday, Papiss will be available and that will help.”

A win will see Newcastle qualify for the knockout rounds of the Europa League, but whether that’s good or not – it’s now hard to say – because these European games are decimating our season in the Premier League, which is still the number one priority.

But we need to get some wins under our belt to restore some confidence in the side.

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