After the game last night Alan Pardew essentially gave an injury update on Papiss Cisse, and it was good news, and he also said that he will probably use Ben Arfa again on Sunday, but we wonder if the Frenchman will start that game against Stoke City.
Ben Arfa in action last night
Alan made a point of saying that Ben Arfa still wasn’t 100% fit, and if he had been he would probably have taken that golden chance on 64 minutes which he hit straight at the goalkeeper.
When asked by Rob Scanlon of nufcTV how Papiss Cisse was doing this is what Alan said:
“The news I heard today was that Cisse may be able to train tomorrow and that’s good news because he needs to get some are air in his lungs.”
“Hatem isn’t 100% but I thought it was one area where he could cause problems with one of his little runs and he had a great moment just before he went off, when I fancy if he was fit he’d have scored that.”
He’ll play a part on Sunday for sure, if we need him. Hopefully we won’t and we’ve got no injuries tonight”.
And Alan Pardew had a few surprises in his selection last night, when he started James Perch at center-back in place of Steven Taylor who came on late in the game, but it paid off, and Yanga-Mbiwa and Perchinho played excellently together for Newcastle last night.
And that means that players like Papiss Cisse, Mathieu Debuchy, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Joan Gouffran and Shola Ameobi will all be fresh for the Stoke City game – which is a game we must win to get us away from the relegation zone.
And a win on Sunday will also help us get a sizable crowd for the return game against Anzhi Makhachkala next Thursday night, when a win in that game will see us in the last eight of the Europa League.
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