PAPISS Demba Cisse could hand new Newcastle United boss John Carver a welcome boost ahead of Saturday’s clash against Hull City.
The striker was part of the Senegal side that crashed out of the African Cup of Nations tonight – meaning he should be back in time for the match at the KC Stadium.
Cisse was a 54th-minute substitute as Senegal suffered a 2-0 defeat to Algeria, a result that means they have finished third in Group C of the competition.
As a result, Cisse is free to return to England and will make his way back from Equatorial Guinea over the next 48 hours
His return would be a major boost to head coach Carver, who was named head coach this week until the end of the season.
Despite suffering from an ongoing knee injury, Cisse is still Newcastle’s top scorer with nine goals, though he hasn’t featured since the 3-2 win over Everton on December 28 – the Magpies’ last win.
Cisse scored in that game, but was subsequently banned for three games after he elbowed Seamus Coleman during the match.
Senegal’s exit means Newcastle’s remaining representative at the tournament is Cheik Tiote, whose Ivory Coast side look to clinch qualification tomorrow against Cameroon.