Moussa Sissoko has been diagnosed with a grade one strain after being forced off through injury against Swansea.

First team coach Paul Simpson says that when the injury occurred, the coaching staff thought it was a serious one.

However, by the end of the game, the injury had settled down and when later the player went for the scan – medical opinion was that he would miss a couple of weeks.

Despite this, Moussa Sissoko says he is determined to play if there is any chance of being up for selection, though the reality is that surely he will miss out as Simpson revealed that on Wednesday the player is only doing light running.

The smart thing must be that they leave Sissoko out of the matches in the next 10 days as then there is a 16 day gap before the game against West Ham.

However, no doubt he will head off with France regardless in that international break, so maybe the smart thing will be to target Arsenal at home a week on Saturday, as he will be playing international football the following week, whether Newcastle rest him or not.

Paul Simpson:

“We are delighted with the improvement Moussa Sissoko has shown, at half-time we really thought it was a serious injury, but by the end of the game it had settled down.

“We had a scan earlier in the week and the signs were quite positive on there, they talked about it being a grade one strain, the possibility of a couple of weeks out.”


“But Moussa is determined to be involved at Old Trafford, he is determined to play, and made it clear to medical staff and to the coaching staff, if he has a chance then he wants to be involved.

“He has done a little bit of light running – whether this weekend is a little bit too early, we will just have to wait and see.”