Alan Pardew’s press conference yesterday afternoon was short, but it was nearly all good news, and when Alan was asked about Papiss Cisse, he said he expected the striker to be able to play against Stoke City today.
Papiss Cisse – I should have scored with that chance
Papiss picked up a virus last week and didn’t travel for the game in Moscow against Anzhi Makhachkala, although the plan initially was for the Senegal striker to have started the game in Russia.
This is what Alan Pardew said on nufcTV when asked about Cisse;
“Yes I think Papiss will make it, he’s trained today and looks fine.” “We have got a little injury about Shola”.
Not too sure what that little injury to Shola is about, but the Nigerian striker has always been vulnerable to picking up little strains in training, so it could be that he’s not available for the game tomorrow.
And the manager was also asked how Ben Arfa was doing, and he said he also expected the French International to be available for the Stoke game, and that he was working with Ben Arfa to make him one of the world’s best players, and that had always been one of Ben Arfa’s goals.
So it’s always nice to hear of a Newcastle player wanting to be one of the best players in the world, and the manager working towards that goal for the player.
And with both QPR and Aston Villa winning yesterday, Newcastle will need to pick up all 3 points tomorrow afternoon at a packed-full St. James’ Park, and with any luck we’ll climb that league table and get further away from the relegation zone.
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