Great News – Cisse Passed Fit To Play Against Liverpool

It’s not too often we get good news at Newcastle these days, but it’s always good to start a day off with it – and the news is that Papiss Cisse is fit to play against Liverpool on Saturday.

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Papiss Cisse – fit to play against Liverpool

The news is in the Shields Gazette and Cisse is now back in training at Benton, after seeing a French specialist in Paris over the last couple of days, and he has been passed fit to play – so hopefully he can add to his 13 goals for the season, and go above Demba Ba in the scoring charts at Newcastle.

And you have to give the lad a lot of credit, because he’s been playing through pain for Newcastle, since he picked up the rib injury in the Europa League tie against Benfica.

But the Newcastle fans can now cheer him on this Saturday – and if we can get a win against the Reds, we are probably safe in the league for this season.

That would come as a huge relief.

Cisse wore a protective vest in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, and although the lad is keen to keep playing – another blow to his ribs may still rule him out for the season – that’s the bad news.

But hey – so far so good.

And go easy on him if he misses some chances, he’s at least getting into positions to score, and that’s always good to see from any striker.

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27 comments so far

  • toonbrother

    Apr 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #1

    given the stinky attitude of certain ungrateful fans towards him, it might actually do him some good to miss liverpool. Somes fans are just ridiculous not to mention stupid

  • Dubaigeordie

    Apr 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    i think pards should play
    Debuchy Yanga-mbiwa Saylor Haidara
    Sissoko Cabaye Marveux
    Ben arfa Cisse Gouffy

    If benny isnt fit to start i think either jonas or maybe obertan ( i know everyone is going to say you mad but scored a hat trick in u21’s the other day and actually looking quite decent atm)

    and playing 433 and that team will have a real attacking mentality so pards cant pull any of his crap about lets sick back now and try and protect a 1 goal lead, because people like benny and marveux will want to attack

  • yo-yo

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d rather play Cisse now, try for the 3 pts and worry about the injury afterwards. Desperate times and severe shortage of quality strike options.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    i’m looking forward to goofy being played as a striker tbh so i would not mind if cisse was left out as precaution.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Morning chaps and chapesses,

    Whilst not at his best (although the goal to games ratio has been fairly decent of late) and somewhat frustrating I’d always prefer Cisse to be playing. At this stage that one goal may be the difference and we know he can get them.

    Only player I’d be happy to see up top in his place if Gouffran, but other than that Shola or Campbell starting would be a daunting prospect imo.

  • yo-yo

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Ian – previous thread.
    Yeh gave up and had an early night after pretty much all my posts were deliberately misread to score points.

    However, I fouind an interesting quote about SAF and the steady decline of Scottish football in my paper this morning, It goes:

    “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

    It just seemed to describe the Toon perfectly – but ever doomed to failure and I’d love to see another trophy in the SJP cupboard in my lifetime.

    Another way of reading it is that Alain de Pardiue deserves the chance to learn from his mistakes 🙂

  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t believe Pardew isn’t playing Anita. He was like that with Santon, Ben Arfa and Marveaux at first. Don’t like what he’s doing at all.

    We’d be much higher if we had Ba and Remy at the club. We’re far too short up front.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    bills son

    That’s a fair point about Ashley not accepting mediocrity and laying it on the line for Pardew that failure to improve is unacceptable.

    The trouble is history suggests that after an initial season, subsequent failure is his mistress the next when he is generally found out.

    I don’t know if it is in Pardew’s D.N.A to change. His arrogance negates taking on board a lot of the failings that many people are alluding to.

  • croftus5678

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    @5 ibiza

    yep agree

    think cambell need to go on loan just to prove he can do it on the bigger stage

    i’m just looking forward to our next 3 points i think we are safe then.

    and i dont expect us to beat liverpool or even draw tbh (even without suarez) aslong as we try to win i’ll be happy with that.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Yo-Yo…I am firmly in the camp that for whatever reasons this season has been terrible, that Pardew does deserve another chance to show he has learnt from this season, call it a baptism of fire, shouldn’t he be given a chance to show if he can move on?

    Saying all of that, how would you feel if a better manager was put in his place? For me, it’s a bit like Hoots, thought it was handled badly but accepted we could / should be moving forward which was a good thing.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Croftus…Campbell should definitely be out on loan. We talk up youngsters in the lower leagues as they’re knocking them in for fun, but always with the caution they might not be able to adapt to the PL. Why on Earth do we not have our own version in the same situation, learning his trade and impressing. Oh right, no back up 🙂

    I do feel we can get enough points in our remaining fixtures to stay up. Liverpool wont be easy (although easier without the teething toddler), but never say never, they can be got, but we need to play a much more determined game.

    Rotonda…I am more open to the idea that such a problem may lay within Pardew, but when looking at his CV, has he ever really been given a good chance to turn that situation around? There is an argument as to why he should be given that time, I get that, but is there also not an alternative argument to say he might?

    By the way, whilst I didn’t completely agree with your letter to Simon Bird (think that was his name), it was well written and points well made.

  • Generic Commenter

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Great news on Cisse. I have a good feeling considering Suarez isn’t playing.

    Ibiza @10 – I tried saying give Pardew another season too yesterday, I was ripped to shreds! Glad someone else agrees

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    What have I done? Jumped straight back in to the Pardew debate. Glutton for punishment springs to mind.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #14

    Isn’t the important thing here that NUFC needs to learn from past experience no matter who’s in charge?

    …NUFC will be here long after Pardew is gone!

    We are still a club without any style and Pardew still has no philosophy. Changing him now could just make matters worse…but than again if Pardew doesn’t start to pick up a style and philosophy that will take us forward than this hunger for stability might just see us standing still!

    Well that is my spin on it anyway – we might not be any wiser on the matter (maybe there is no easy pick here?)

    ohhh and morning to everyone 🙂

  • Tinman - Pardwho?

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza, if Pardew has barely changed his tactics at all this season, even when we have been struggling, what makes you think he will do next season?

  • ichrisho

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #16

    Morning All –

    Ibiza – you knew what you were doing 🙂 Oh and who is Simon Bird?

  • ichrisho

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #17

    Is anyone else getting a redirection to bet365 on the site today? Its been happening all morning…

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #18

    Generic…I saw your comments this morning. It’s dark times for the toon and anger / panic has set in. That isn’t to put down those that are feeling his time is up, as I do understand how and why they are where they are, but the level of reasoning has become a little crazy on here lately.

    How can there be such opposing views for such a bad manager? 🙂

  • jordijohnty

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Pardew will play
    and expect Jonas to stay on and Amoebi to be first sub. Do not expect much change to these master tactics, Rodgers will have any easy team talk on sat morning.Worried…very worried

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #20

    ichrisho…Hello. Honestly sir, I had no idea 😉 ….I think he is an actor from the inbetweeners, but maybe there is more than one? (he’s a writer for the mirror. Shame one of the only papers backing my opinion is the mirror 🙂 Might need to change my stance).

    Jesper…Morning. Very valid point. The club needs some form of philosophy, whether that’s with Pardew or not.

    Tinman…I happily accept that Pardew, when under pressure, seems reluctant to mix too much up. I have said recently that I think he is guilty of waiting for the right time to implement certain plans. My hope, and it is just that, that once this mess has ended for the season, he can take hold of the situation and show he has learned from his mistakes (the club as well). Nothing concrete to say he has or will.


    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Very happy Cisse is fit to play…maybe (am cynical to the end)

    Liverpool are no easy beast to tame but without Suarez (as yet unconfirmed) their attacking play is back to Gerrard who may also be out from some reports then its down to they Jan signings to make a difference


    Apr 24, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #22

    Two things i would like to comment on

    1)Ashley is not interested in making NUFC successful but remaining in the premiership.Does anyone really think he would have brought in 5 players in Jan if we had of been mid table?off course not.By just remaining in the premier will recoup all of his money with interest.If he sacks Pardue who would take this job knowing that his paymasters are 2 men who wouldnt provide funds to help a threadbare squad in the summer and left him to face the flak.

    2)On the Pardue issue these are my humble opinions

    We should have sacked him during our losing steak earlier in the season.
    His set piece failures show him to be pigheaded and unable to fix problems(over 300 corners without scoring should be enough to get him the sack alone)
    His secret weapon is Ameobi(enough said
    His love child Jonas (enough said
    His substitutions(Reading as an example anyone
    Playing Cisse right wing
    Jonas left back

    I could go on and on

    I just hope the football gods are with us because i have no faith in Pardue at all(any half decent manager with the squad we have would have had us top 8 and thats with all our injuries

  • jeff

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #23

    i am jeff and i am probably the most knowledgeable and intelligent poster on this blog. this is how i – a football genius – would line up our squad for the game against liverpool:

    debuchy taylor mbiwa haidara
    marveaux cabaye ben arfa

    in my opinion our absolute best line-up ignoring santon > haidara

  • jeff

    Apr 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #24

    elliot > harper

  • Newcastle for alltid

    Apr 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Pardew better come up with a game plan to stop Liverpools passing game, or we’ll see a lot of dizzy players in black and white. Sure, Liverpool is pretty mediocre, but their style of football is one that we struggle to cope with IMO.

    I would just have wished that it didn’t come to this point where every single one of the last matches will matter. The pressure on the players will be huge. Let’s just hope that they cope with it, as I don’t think a season in the Championship will be as straighforward as it was a couple of seasons ago.

  • Zero

    Apr 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Whats with all the redirects and popups…. seriously my virus scanner is going mad, ive had two backdoor trojan alerts and a fake java update warning….

    i figure Ed was trying to make money from redirect adverts yesterday but the virus warnings and fake download attempts make me think the site code has been comprimised again

  • karasu

    Apr 25, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Comment #27

    Just curious, what do you guys think of our counterparts at the .org version of nufcblog?


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