Papiss Cisse has a virus and will not play tonight, but it’s looking a lot more likely that Ben Arfa could even start the game tomorrow night in Moscow against Anzhi Makhachkala.
Papiss Cisse – sick – will not play tomorrow night
Papiss Cisse has been sick since the weekend and some eagle-eyed readers would seen he was not included in the 19 man squad that left today from Newcastle for the flight to Moscow – I didn’t realize he wasn’t in the squad.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Papiss has been sick since Sunday, so myself and the doctor Paul Catterson went to see him this morning to see whether we felt he could travel – with me definitely thinking he could.”
“But he didn’t look well, to be honest, so we’ve had to leave him behind unfortunately.” “That’s one of the reasons we’ve brought Shola, because I didn’t have any intention of bringing Shola on a surface that he’s been advised in the past not really to play on.”
“It leaves me a little bit short of striking options.” “Ben Arfa’s travelled.” “I think that at some point tomorrow you’ll see hm, hopefully.”
It seems that Shola Ameobi will get a start – as he did when we last played in the Europa League in the Ukraine against Metalist Kharkiv, and Shola played well and scored the winning goal through the penalty – the only away game we have won in Europe all season.
It could even bring young Adam Campbell into the reckoning for at least a place on the bench – and it’s going to be very interesting to see what side Alan Pardew starts tomorrow night.
We assume Papiss will be better and fit enough for the home game against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park.
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