ALAN Pardew’s hopeful of having Papiss Demba Cisse and Demba Ba back at Newcastle United – sooner rather than later.
Cisse and Ba are set for an early return to Tyneside after Senegal were eliminated from the African Cup of Nations yesterday.
The Lions of Teranga’s final group game is on Sunday against Libya, and Pardew – who hasn’t spoken to the pair since yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Equatorial Guinea – says there’s a chance they could be involved in Wednesday night’s away game at Blackburn Rovers.
And there will be discussions this week between Newcastle and the Senegal Football Federation.
“I’d imagine they’re not too pleased with how it’s gone, and that’s something we’ll have to focus on when they return,” said Pardew.
“On the other hand, they’ll come back early, so that part we’re pleased about.
“They’re two great players. and you want your best players in the team.
“I’ve not spoken to them yet, but we have to understand Senegal’s wishes, and they have to understand our’s.
“Lee Charnley, the secretary, will have a conversation, and we’ll see when we can get them back.
“Blackburn’s probably tight, but we’ll see.”