For those Newcastle fans hoping for a new striker arriving in January, Steve McClaren has given the strongest hint yet that this is unlikely to happen.

The United Head Coach is awaiting the results of a second scan on Papiss Cisse’s groin injury that he picked up against Aston Villa.

The first scan proved inconclusive and McClaren says that once he finds out how serious, or not, the injury is diagnosed to be, Newcastle will then plan for the second half of the season.

However, the chances of it being a new striker taking Cisse’s place in the Newcastle squad look to be receding fast, with Steve McClaren saying that he isn’t ruling out bringing Adam Armstrong back in January.

Armstrong’s loan at Coventry City has been an unqualified success with 13 goals from 19 appearances, although he is going through a mini-drought of a month since his last goal, something which was always going to happen at some point.

Most fans probably believe the best/only chance of signing a new striker would be if Papiss Cisse is sold, thus freeing up his wages and bringing in transfer cash.

Any injury of more than a few games would surely block any January sale and subsequently any new striker.

As for Adam Armstrong, bringing back the 18 year would in my opinion be a massive backward step in his career progression. He needs regular football at Coventry or another League One or Championship club, to hopefully keep banging in the goals, not sitting on the Newcastle bench.

Any claims of long-term planning at St James Park would surely go out of the window if the Geordie forward is brought back in January.

Steve McClaren:

“Once we find out about Papiss Cisse then we’ll be able to go from there.

“At the present moment, Adam Armstrong is staying in Coventry and is doing very well and we believe he is developing.

“We are probably talking about Adam for next season but don’t rule anything out.

“You know better than I do, that this is a private club that doesn’t do its business through the media or publicly.

“So there are things going on behind the scenes and we keep them very quiet.”