Newcastle’s Sissoko in the running for Manchester start

Moussa Sissoko.
Moussa Sissoko.

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is determined to be involved in tomorrow’s clash with Manchester United if he can shake off a groin injury.

Sissoko was withdrawn at half time against Swansea last weekend with an injury United’s backroom staff initially feared could keep the Frenchman out for a number of weeks.

But Newcastle assistant coach Paul Simpson revealed that while the player was a “real doubt” for Old Trafford he had completed some light running and wants to be involved on Saturday.

He said: “We’re delighted with the improvement that Moussa’s shown. At half-time (at the Liberty Stadium), we thought it was a real serious injury but by the end of the game it had settled down. He had a scan early on in the week and the signs were quite positive.

“Moussa’s determined to be involved at Old Trafford at the weekend. He wants to play, he’s made it quite clear to the medical staff and to the coaching staff. If he has a chance, he wants to be involved.

“He’s done a little bit of light running. Whether this weekend’s too early for him, we’ll just have to wait and see but fingers crossed he’ll continue making the recovery he has done to date and if he does that, you never know, we might see him out there.”