There seems some good news on the injury front today and it seems that both Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa are fit for the tough match at Old Trafford tomorrow, in the early 12:45 pm kick-off game.
Papiss Cisse – a slight doubt for tomorrow’s game
It seems that Papiss Cisse is suffering from a heel injury and Hatem Ben Arfa was hit with a virus on Wednesday, and both players did not make the bench at the Liberty Stadium in the 3-0 defeat at Swansea.
Alan Pardew said in his press conference yesterday that there was no problem with Ben Arfa, and he would be fit for the game tomorrow at Manchester United, but he said it could be a little more touch and go with Cisse, but he is also expected to make the game tomorrow.
It could be that Ben Arfa will get a start tomorrow, and it remains to be seen how many changes Alan Pardew will make from the side that lost at Swansea, but it seems to be asking a lot to ask 32 year-old Shola Ameobi to play his third game in just seven days, and that may be tempting fate, with Shola staying clear of injury for a while now.
No more injuries are reported, and Massadio Haidara corning on for Davide Santon early in the second half at the Liberty Stadium was a tactical switch by the manager, in the hope the impressive Frenchman could provide Newcastle with some energy, and certainly that was a missing commodity in that first half.
So the only real doubt is Papiss Cisse, so Alan Pardew will again have an almost fit squad to choose from tomorrow, and with this game only three days since the last game, surely Pardew will want to make at least two or three changes in the starting line-up.
What would your team be for tomorrow?
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