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Newcastle Striker – I Feel Fit, Sharp And Very Focused

8:45 am, Friday, February 26th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

In order to try to get Newcastle out of the bottom three of the league table, which we have been in and around all season, manager Steve McClaren  may have to start relying one some of our more experienced players.

One of those who is coming back from injury is 30 year-old Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, who stayed behind last week when a 26 man Newcastle squad went off for warm weather training in La Manga and beat Lillestrom 2-1 in a friendly game last Saturday.


Papiss Cisse – fit again

Papiss is one of a number of players coming back from injury and they include the likes of Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback and Siem de Jong – all experienced players.

Aleksandar Mitrovic and Fabricio Coloccini are two of the latest Newcastle players to pick up injuries and it seems Fabricio has a better chance of making the game at Stoke than Mitro does.

We have strikers Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere, Seydou Doumbia and Papiss all fit for the Stoke game – so one of those will probably start up front.

Papiss has been out since he injured himself in the game at home to Aston Villa on December 19th, and he had this to say about his fitness today:

“The past two months have been frustrating. Now I’m back to Newcastle to resume training. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

“I feel fit, sharp and very focused. I can’t wait to get back playing again as quickly as possible. I’m in good shape.”

Newcastle have had a full 18 days to prepare for the game at Stoke City next Wednesday night and we cannot have a repeat of the recent disasters at Everton and Chelsea.

If we do then Steve McClaren should be in big trouble.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Injuries · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Premier League · Press

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    That’s great news Papiss, now do you know what the offside rule is?

  • 2 WWSBRD // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    From previous
    Can I ask why u think those young players are so good?

  • 3 mad-serb // Feb 26, 2016 at 8:59 AM


    I would like to see Shelvey give him a pass or two. He obviously has a problem with that rule but he has not been helped in recent years by the lack of a quality passing

  • 4 cyprus // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Fire, Sing,
    Previous discussion. Sorry, in and out of the blog.

    There is much debate about planning for the possibility that…

    It sounds like a good idea, asking ‘what if?’ because you are prepared and can cope better when whatever happens.

    The problem, I think, lies with attitude: ‘Planning to fail’ as they call it. I believe the answer is somewhere in the middle: Publicly, tell all there is no plan b (‘what do we do if we are relegated?’). We aren’t even contemplating that. Privately, you plan for it…

  • 5 mad-serb // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Man U yesterday showed that youth players can do a job for you when required, rather than playing players out of position. Hope that they rather play a natural left back like Gibson if drummet is not fit than play a attacking winger out of position.

    Sometimes you need to just trust your young players. No point in raving about them and never get a game. Mbabu already shown that for us earlier this season.

  • 6 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:07 AM


    I agree Shelvey is a great passer of the ball, and if Cisse can hold his runs it has possibilities.

  • 7 lesh // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:19 AM


    Charnley and his crew will be planning for relegation – Ashley’ll told him to.

    But where Charnley fails and has failed is not having contingency plans in place as a matter of course. Think of Pardew’s ‘surprising’ departure for example. And, planning for development and success seems to be beyond him.

  • 8 firebug666 // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:24 AM


    Last year we all knew or had an idea that Pardew was leaving for Palace, the was plenty of speculation. We and those speculation are on the outside looking in, so therefore those on the inside should know more.

    Charnley claimed it was a bolt out of the blue, it took them by surprise and they had no contingency plan, zero zilch.

    If what you are saying is true and they are planning for relegation, then they are once again lying to the fans via the FF meeting.

    People will find lot of different things the club didn’t say at the meeting, but I will only go with what they said. The reason such conflict exists in the first place just goes to show us how much the club has changed over the years.

    The dishonesty the club has shown has reached new levels since Ashley took over (no surprise there though) some will try to cover that dishonesty up, others will try to expose it, but in the end Ashley will always win because he has created a fractured fan base that can and will never united against him and demand real answers.

    The club always talk about the mid term and long term future of the club, but seem oblivious to what is occurring now, and if things do go wrong for us their mid and long term vision become pointless.

    It’s the here and now they need to address, but as usual they bury their heads in the sand and hope all will be well when they next look up.

  • 9 PUMMELLER // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Cisse makes good runs. If the pass is delayed then he is offside.
    When we had Cabaye he was found in space consistantly and scored goals.
    Since we have had a midfield with NO creativity it has made him look the issue. I really do think with service the guy will score goals. Doumbia is a goalscorer too and so looking forward to him having 90 mins.
    Still have some hope but lose to Stoke and then Bournmouth and we are going down.

  • 10 JP...from The Rock // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Too much praise in the way of Shelvey. Yes his passing is great at times but in some games he is also very off the pace and his passing is off the mark. Needs to find more consistency ala Cabaye to get my full praise. Has he improved the team? – definately! But he needs to be more consistent. Jury still out on him for me.

  • 11 Jib // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    “The past two months have been frustrating. Now I’m back to Newcastle to resume training. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.
    I feel fit, sharp and very focused. I can’t wait to get back playing again as quickly as possible. I’m in good shape.”


    “As it is now nearly 6 pm on 26th Feb in Beijing (the day the Chinese window closes) I believe my deal has , like Cheik’s , fallen through.”

    Expect a statement of committment from Tiote to follow shortly.

  • 12 JP...from The Rock // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    I think we should play Perez and Doumbia against Stoke and then Cisse and Doumbia in our next game.

    We can’t afford to have Cisse breakdown with another injury before the end of the season.

  • 13 PUMMELLER // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    wonder when they will realise you could sort Newcastle out by buying 3-4 defenders rather than more midfielders?? — been to most games this season and we always look like we will concede. Colo is now a liability most games (1 out of 5 he plays a blinder) and Dummett, for all tries and being a good tackler, is not a footballer. He adds literally nothing when we have the ball. Chancel is a good player with a good football brain but needs a big, strong leader next to him (Matip would have been perfect last summer) but struggles when we has Colo instead. Janmatt is a great player going forward but his mentality is poor when we go behind and he isn’t the best of defenders when your backs are to the wall.
    A team set up better would help also because some games I just cannot see what we are trying to do and with the players on the field it must be the tactics and the set up that need to improve.
    £30m spent on the defence would see us improve massively but survival is goal number 1. If we do survive get Gini’s mate in from PSV and a beast CB as main priorities!

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Feb 26, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Charnley and Co are clearly sat on each others thumbs. To see that, you need look no further than their answer to the question on the training facilities.

    Has Ed learnt nothing about these characters? They are incompetent so why does he hold out hope of a good transfer window.

    I can’t see us surviving unless Mackerel finds the secret elixir or the likes of Doumbia, Cisse, Lascelles Mbabu step to it, prove a revelation and answer the call.

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