Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has told the new Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, that he is not fit to play during an International break later this month.
Papiss Cisse after scoring against Aston Villa
Cisse and Newcastle United have taken the opportunity with his seven game ban, to have knee surgery to remove a pin from his knee that has been bothering him all season.
Papiss will now have some rehabilitation on the knee in the next few weeks, and hopefully that will help him from now on, since he’s felt discomfort with the knee all season.
Papiss broke his knee cap against Swansea in April of last year, and he had pins put in the knee to strengthen it during the recovery process.
This is what John Carver has said about the surgery:
“It’s something that we were going to do anyway,” “It’s not a big problem with Papiss’ knee – this was maintenance that was always going to be needed. They’ve removed the screw so it’s been sorted.”
“I really don’t think his knee is a big issue now. If anything good has come out of his seven game ban, it’s the fact that we can do this now.”
There will be a friendly against Ghana in Le Havre for Senegal, but Papiss will now obviously not be part of the Senegal squad for the game.
A source close to Papiss has said this in the Senegalese newspaper Waa Sports:
”Papiss is beginning to get fit but he will not be present in the upcoming friendlies,” “Newcastle needed him and he had quickly taken the matches but he only played to 70% of his abilities.”
“Now he will enjoy his suspension to upgrade and return to top form for next season.”
Papiss was in the Senegal squad for the African Cup of Nations in January, but made only one substitute appearance.
Papiss may only have been at 70% of his abilities this season because of the knee, but he has still scored 11 Premier League goals for Newcastle in just 19 appearances, and he’s going to be a big miss in the next seven games.
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