Jonny Evans is once again available for Manchester United after his ban ended, whilst Papiss Cisse has one more game (Leicester) before his suspension ends.

However, you might have wondered why John Carver hadn’t been making a lot of the fact that he’d soon have his one credible goalscorer back in the squad.

Sadly it looks as though Papiss Cisse’s season could be over.

After picking up that seven game ban in early March, the striker took the chance to have a clean-up procedure on his knee.

However, now it has been revealed that the striker hasn’t even joined in with any training with the team and is still under the care of the medical staff.

John Carver says that we will ‘just have to wait and see’ but with it now only 24 days until the curtain closes with the visit of West Ham, it looks all but certain that we won’t be seeing Papiss Cisse back on the pitch this season:

In Cisse’s absence, John Carver is pinning his faith on Emmanuel (no Premier League goals) Riviere, with the French striker guaranteed to start, as Carver stated at the start of this week.

John Carver:

“He (Papiss Cisse) is working with the medical team and he is not 100 per cent, he hasn’t joined in with us yet with any football and so we will just have to wait and see.

“This is another chance for Riviere and he did very well last week, especially the first half, he ran out of steam as hadn’t had too much football.”

Riviere will start:

 “He will start this weekend because he deserves to, he ran himself into the ground last week and when I took him off I wasn’t sure whether the boos were for him or me.

“I need eleven players who are going to do for me what he (Riviere) did for me last weekend.”

  • A lex

    I’d strongly suggest that Papiss’ s braces against Hull and Swansea, at the time, saved Pardew’s job. And, with what has followed, has probably saved Ashley from losing millions next season.

  • Hez

    His ridiculous behaviour against Everton and Manchester United has cost him 10 games this year because of suspension, this with his dodgy knee, I won’t cry any tears if he moves on in the summer. Scored a few this season but cannot be relied upon now to actually be available for selection

  • MichaelHodgson

    nothing wrong with him fcb got him sold this summer and needs to keep him fit for sale,a dont believe anything that them lot say

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  • Andgeo

    [email protected]@cking idiots!!! Fatty and penfold think they know what they are doing….but havnt got a clue!

  • DownUnderMag

    Let’s be honest, if the front two of Riviere and Perez had any sort of decent service then it probably wouldn’t be a problem. It probably wouldn’t be an issue if they had been given more time to play together and with a strike partner this season rather than be asked to always play as a lone striker or out of position.

  • Paul Patterson

    Could this ‘clean up procedure’ not have waited till the end of the season? Jesus Christ . .

  • Drumbo

    How many games did he miss due to warming the bench at the African Cup of Nations?

    The way things are working out , it will be the goals he scored earlier in the season that will keep us up. (maybe)