Thursday brought news that Papiss Cisse is injured again.
The reports say that after the Manchester United match, Papiss Cisse was found to have a knee injury.
The Sun say that they understand that Cisse would have missed up to five weeks of football through this latest injury, regardless of the 7 game ban for spitting.
I might not have believed everything Alan Pardew said whilst he was at Newcastle but it looks as though his claims that the Senegal striker could have ongoing problems for the rest of this season after last summer’s knee surgery, did have some merit.
Used sparingly this season, Papiss Cisse played the full 90 minutes plus injury time against both Villa and Man Utd within a four day period. With there appearing to be every chance that his knee hasn’t been able to stand up to that test.
Over the past two seasons Cisse has only managed 25 Premier League starts, though he has scored 13 league goals, including 11 this campaign.
With only a year of his contract remaining, you’d imagine Mike Ashley will try everything to sell the forward once this season is over.
However, if he does remain at the club, whether it with or without an extended contract, it would appear foolish in the extreme for Newcastle to think they can rely on him to be a main focus for goals and starts in the first eleven.
A realistic role would surely be as a supersub and a limited number of starts, but once again you could hardly see Ashley being happy to have one of his top earners sitting on the bench regularly.
Whether Cisse stays or goes, Newcastle can’t once again take such a gamble with cut price strikers such as Emmanuel Riviere with no credible goalscoring record.
Despite his injuries this time around, Papiss Cisse’s eleven goals have arguably been the difference between safety and being deep inside a relegation battle.