Papiss Cisse should have been released
It will be interesting to see what happens with Papiss Cisse on Wednesday night.
The Newcastle striker didn’t even come off the bench for Senegal, despite being first choice usually, as his international teammates snatched a dramatic away win in Egypt.
Cisse’s only Premier League involvement in over a month was the first 45 minutes against Liverpool, Alan Pardew taking his forward off at half-time as he felt Papiss wasn’t moving right due to the after effects of his serious knee injury.
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With Wednesday night’s game against Botswana being a dead rubber, surely it would have made sense all round for Papiss Cisse to return to Tyneside and get properly prepared for Saturday’s game with QPR?
I now wonder what will be the most ridiculous scenario tomorrow night, considering Cisse clearly wasn’t in the right shape to take part at the weekend against Egypt.
If Cisse sits out the Botswana match then what on earth was the point of him staying out there, while if he plays and risks aggravating the knee in a more or less meaningless game – just how bad would that be?
Alan Pardew has already made clear his displeasure when Cheick Tiote ended up playing two full international games in the space of a few days earlier this season, despite him claiming to have an understanding with Ivory Coast that the midfielder would only play part of the games as he was recovering from injury.
There has to be balance but it appears that United have little say or influence when it comes to their international players, especially the greater the distance. Whether other Premier League clubs have any more luck is an unknown but maybe the players themselves, especially established internationals such as Tiote and Cisse, should be taking more responsibility themselves in ‘negotiating’ with the managers of their respective national sides.
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