Papiss Cisse Sick – Newcastle Short Of Striker Options

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.

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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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21 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Maybe play no strikers then if Shola shouldn’t be playing on an artificial surface? 🙂

    Surely he wont start Campbell? Be interesting to see what the lad can do, but I’d imagine the occasion may be a bit much for him at this point.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #2

    And get well soon Papiss!

  • Markaccus

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #3

    If shola shouldn’t play, then the front line should be as follows:

    Jonas cabs obertan

    Hba and campbell can come on later. Socks can play as a ‘false no.9’

  • Bambams

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Not good……

    Cometh the hour, cometh the man !

    Adam fella here is your chance. Go for it

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Cometh the nightman aaa aaahhhh.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Sorry, got sidetracked.

    Mark…Like it.

    Bambams…I don’t think he should start tomorrow night tbh. Just a feeling, not really seen him nor do I know him, but it may be a bit much. Still, if the situation is right, I’d love to see what he can do. May just be the making of him.

  • north_country_boy

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Instead of playing Shola we’ve always got the option of playing the Barca way – maybe a front three of Ben Arfa, Sissoko and Marveaux (or Campbell on left if we wanted to be really brave) – bit of pace up front to keep their defence on their toes with Cabaye, Tiote and Anita keeping things tight in midfield

  • Tsunki

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #8

    That Cisse is ill is a surprise, that we are short of strikers is not.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree @7 it looks like an option to manufacture chances without sacrificing an ‘away’ performance.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #10

    The only interest in bars and gyms you have is loitering in the mens toilets.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #11

    So no forwards tomorrow night!

    …that is going to be interesting 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Jesper…We may actually get a goal this way.

  • north_country_boy

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Santon Mbiwa Taylor Haidara
    Cabaye Tiote Cabaye
    Sissoko Ben Arfa Marveaux

    Bring on Shola, Jonas, Perch or Bigi later on to tighten up if we are doing ok (by the way I’ve picked that without seeing the squad !)

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Ibiza…why didn’t I think of that B-) lol

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Jesper..Well rest assured I shall make no jokes about you being slow, as I know you would never do the same to me 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Ibiza…no pun intented there 😉 lol

    …of course I wouldn’t my friend!

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #17

    pushy/carl/ian/cool dude @120 previous thread
    Excuse me one moment.
    Ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,guffaw, guffaw,ha ha,ha ha.
    What -you do not want to perpetuate a myth?
    That’s a good one.
    @131 previous thread, you posted
    ” I would love to do business with Mike then I could post as FOR ASHLEY ????”
    Since when did you need any excuse to post as someone else.
    Ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,ha ha,guffaw, guffaw,ha ha,ha ha.
    That’s an even better one, it must be the way you tell ’em.

  • firebug666

    Mar 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I think that on our day; we are very capable of beating anyone. If we can get an away goal i think we will win the tie at home. It will be down to the strength of the team we put out there, and how much fighting spirit we show. We will need to start this game well, and try to control the midfield from the whistle. I believe we have a good technical aspect to our game, and if we use this to control the tempo we should have a good chance. I would love to see us go with:


    Simpson, Taylor, Mbiwa, Haidara

    Anita, Cabaye

    Hatem Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Santon

    Shola or Campbell

  • Pushy Pardew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Mr Tuff
    Please stop. Thanks.

  • alreetlike

    Mar 6, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #20


    Feel sorry for Cabaye… gonna be a hell of a running in that team for him 😉

  • alreetlike

    Mar 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21



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