We need all the good news we can take right now – and there was good news from the training ground and Alan Pardew this afternoon – about Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote and Ben Arfa – and rather surprisingly he has said Papiss Cisse is fully fit and has trained well all week.
Papiss Cisse - 100% fit
Alan took the training at St. James’ Park today, and he seemed upbeat, after he’s taken such a drubbing from fans since the Sunderland humiliation.
Alan also said Colo looked good in training, although he may not start on Saturday, but he’ll be back before the end of the season (maybe at West Ham next Saturday?), and that Papiss Cisse is fully fit ahead of the visit of Liverpool.
This is what Alan told the local press:
“It goes to show the conditioning of the player and the attitude of the player that he is in such good shape. I’m not sure he’s in my thinking for Saturday to start but he is in my thinking between now and the end of the season, for sure.”
“And Tiote has trained. He’s trained for three days and he looks in good shape if we decide to use him.” “Every day Ben Arfa’s getting closer.” “He’s worked a lot better this week.”
“And we’re hopeful that he’s going to make more of an impact, whether he starts or whether he comes off the bench, than he has in previous games.”
Ben Arfa was supposed to make only late substitute appearances through the end of the season – but maybe he can start in our two home games, where we may have the best chance of picking up some wins – to get us clear of the relegation zone.
That would be great and the lad’s a match winner and we need him in the side.
And it seems that Alan is a bit bemused by the news on Cisse earlier this week – that he has a cracked rib – and he had this to say about the Senegal striker, as far as the story about going to Paris to see a specialist we assume:
“I don’t know where that rumor came from. He’s trained all week and he’s trained all week well.”
So it seems that was a made up story about Papiss going to Paris on Monday and Tuesday – so where did that one come from? In any case this is good news.
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