Newcastle star Papiss Cisse was forced off after just over half an hour of Saturday’s match, when he pulled up injured.

The striker has been booked in for a scan on Monday as the club wait to see if the suspected groin injury will mean an extended stay on the injured list.

It was a surprise to most fans when Papiss Cisse was named in the starting eleven after Aleksandar Mitrovic’s match winning contribution against Tottenham.

The Serbian striker having scored and got an assist for Ayoze Perez’ goal but both strikers were once again left out.

Cisse was totally anonymous apart from one free header which he should have done much better with, rather than head straight at Guzan.

Within five minutes of Cisse leaving the pitch, Newcastle took the lead through Coloccini’s strike and United looked set for a comfortable three points, only to lose the plot and allow Aston Villa to dictate a lot of the play in the second half.

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Mitrovic was sadly just as ineffective as the Senegal striker had been and McClaren desperately has to find a way to get more out of his summer signing.

As for Papiss Cisse, this latest injury could potentially mean that yet again it will be impossible to sell him in the upcoming transfer window, unless he gets back to full fitness before the end of January.

Here are the match stats from BBC Sport:

Possession was 47% Newcastle and 53% Villa

Total shots was 8 for Newcastle and Villa 10

Shots on target was Newcastle 4 and Villa 7

While corners was Newcastle 3 and Villa 7

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback, Anita (Thauvin 71),  Sissoko, Wijnaldum, de Jong (Perez 59), Cisse (Mitrovic 33)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Gouffran, Tiote

Ref: Martin Atkinson

Crowd: 48,234