The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Papiss Cisse is now in Paris to see a specialist about a rib injury, after he suffered some discomfort after the 1-1 draw at West Brom on Saturday – what a way to start the day!
Papiss Cisse – in Paris for diagnosis
The Senegal International suffered the injury – which is a small crack in a rib – in the quarter final tie against Benfica in the Europa League.
He is in Paris today to see a specialist and get the status of the condition, and to see whether he can play on for the last vital four games of the season.
Newcastle failed to replace Demba Ba when he left in January, even though we tried to sign striker Loic Remy from Marseilles – he preferred the big money at QPR to Newcastle.
So the only experienced strikers we would have if Papiss – heaven forbid – is ruled out for the rest of the season - are Shola Ameobi and Yoan Gouffran, and Yoan showed he can put the ball into the back of the net on Saturday.
But scoring goals has been a problem for us even with Papiss in the side, and we suppose Alan Pardew could play young Adam Campbell up front, and the 18 year-old local lad has certainly looked more than a good young player this season.
So this is hardly a good situation for Newcastle to be in, with just four crucial games to go in the season, and it’s all down to poor planning, and the inability to get a good striker in during the January transfer window.
And why are our players all picking up injuries this season – all the time?
It cannot just be all bad luck.
Oh my – let’s think of some good news …….. hey Aston Villa were hammered 3-0 at Old Trafford last night and all four teams below us in the league lost their last game – so we gained one point on the lot of them – and our goal difference is supetior too.
Let’s hope the prognosis is that Papiss can continue to play on – and after all he does get a one week rest between games.
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