Cisse – ‘Lost In Translation’
With the team/players misfiring when they get on the pitch, now he is facing various challenges to even get the players onto the pitch.
As well as injuries to players such as Jonas Gutierrez and Yohan Cabaye almost certain to keep them out of Swansea’s match and Coloccini suspended, the manager is facing up to possibly being without Papiss Cisse.
The striker’s non-appearance for Senegal in midweek has raised the possibility of Cisse’s national association invoking FIFA’s ‘five day rule’ which could stop him appearing against Swansea.
Senegal claim they weren’t informed that Cisse wouldn’t travel, though Alan Pardew has claimed Newcastle did everything by the book;
“We have a bit of an issue going on at the moment with the Senegal federation. We feel we have covered all the bases to give them the information but they seem not to have received it, so we in discussions with Senegal and the FA about his availability for Saturday.
We gave a report and an email straight after the game, that at half-time Papiss was feeling his back and we took him off the pitch. We also sent reports of the injury, or the doctor did. We didn’t, as far as I’m aware, get too much information back and now it seems that Senegal are upset that he didn’t appear for them.
Somewhere along the line, there has been something lost in translation”.
While Cisse’s form has been nothing startling, to say the least, if he doesn’t start chipping in with some goals and better all round play, it looks ever more difficult to see an easy route for Newcastle to climb out of the indifferent form so far.
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