Newcastle in row over striker’s injury
Senegal have threatened to stop Papiss Cisse from taking part in Newcastle’s Premier League match with Swansea at the weekend.
Cisse pulled out of Senegal’s friendly with Niger following an email being sent by Newcastle Football Club which was to advise them about Cisse injuring his back in the Magpies’ draw with West Ham.
However, Senegal and Newcastle are today in discussions, as Senegal have now threatened to use FIFA’s five-day rule. This is when the involved player is prevented from taking part in a club game within the period of five days after pulling out of a match involving the player’s international side.
Alan Pardew has confirmed that discussions are taking place, and hopes things will be sorted out to allow Cisse to be part of Saturday’s squad.
“There’s a bit of an issue with the federation. We feel we covered all bases to give them information, but they seem not to have received it,” Pardew said.
“We’re in discussions with Senegal and the FA about his availability for Saturday. We gave them a report and an email, but didn’t get too much information back.
“Senegal are upset he didn’t appear for them. Maybe something was lost in translation. Hopefully, it’ll be clear for Papiss to play on Saturday, and for Senegal going forward.”
Cisse’s Senagalese team mate Demba Ba also could not play yesterday.
Jonas Gutierrez and Yohan Cabaye, who had to withdraw himself from his international friendly due to an injury to his groin, will also be unable to face the Swans on Saturday.