Papiss Cisse should be arriving back in England today from Equatorial Guinea, and the 29 year-old will go straight to Newcastle’s hotel, where he will link up with the Newcastle squad with the important game against Hull City tomorrow.
Papiss Cisse – in Senegal colors
Senegal lost 2-0 against Algeria on Tuesday night in the African Cup of Nations, and they finished 3rd in Group C and did not qualify for the quarter finals.
But John Carver admitted in his press conference the Senegal FA had not been helpful in getting Papiss back to England.
Papiss along with West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate, Southampton’s Saido Mane and Stoke City’s Mame Biram Diouf will be on a chartered flight back to England today, after the clubs linked up to share the costs of the charter, as they want their top players back for the games tomorrow.
This is how John explained the situation yesterday:
“We’re trying to get him back,” “The Senegal FA haven’t been too helpful and we’re not happy about that. Southampton, West Ham and Stoke are also trying to get their players back. Hopefully he’ll be available for the weekend.”
“First of all, we’ve been trying to get in touch with him and it hasn’t been easy. But I have spoken to his agent and I have left a message with Papiss.”
“I think there is a group of clubs with their players who have got together and we are trying to put a plane on to bring them back.”
“Hopefully he’ll be back for Friday, meet us in the hotel Friday night and be involved Saturday. He hasn’t had a great deal of football when he’s been over.”
“Papiss is hugely important. We were 2-0 down against Hull earlier in the season and he came on and got the two goals. He’s our top goalscorer and the only way you are going to win football matches is by having your top goalscorer around.”
“I think he’s fit. He came on against Algeria on Wednesday night, I didn’t really watch it but Steve Stone watched a bit of it and said he was there in the right areas to get a goal.”
Papiss came on as a 54th minute substitute on Tuesday night for Papakouli Diop, and that’s all he played in the three group games, so we don’t know if the knee is playing up, but the good news for Newcastle is that he didn’t play too much football for Senegal in the tournament.
John Carver is seeking his first win in five games as caretaker manager tomorrow, and in addition to Papiss Cisse, who will likely start on the bench, he also has Mehdi Abeid and Gabby Obertan ready to go, and Davide Santon is also now fully fit.
We really need a win on Saturday.
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