MOUSSA Sissoko WILL be fit to face Sunderland – despite giving Newcastle United an injury scare.
Sissoko needed treatment during last night’s dismal 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
And the midfielder was withdrawn by United manager Alan Pardew, who was mindful of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Sissoko has been an influential figure for Newcastle this season, and Pardew was relieved to see him escape an injury.
“I was a little bit scared,” said Pardew.
“Moussa’s important to us. He’s got a heavy challenge, and at that point in the game I couldn’t risk any swelling. He looks fine, if I’m honest.”
Pardew will also have striker Papiss Demba Cisse and Steven Taylor available, while Daryl Janmaat has now served a one-game suspension for five bookings.
Midfielder Cheik Tiote, however, remains doubtful.
“The obvious one who will be available is Papiss,” said Pardew.
“Cheik Tiote has a cold and a calf strain. Steven Taylor, I think, will be available. Daryl will be available.”
Meanwhile, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino talked about the importance of maintaining the club’s proud cup “tradition” in his post-match Press conference.
“We know Tottenham is a very traditional club in the cups, and this victory is very important for us,” said Pochettino.
“We needed this victory and this performance for our supporters.
“I’m happy. I’m pleased for our players and for our supporters too. They deserved this performance.”
Tottenham were drawn against Sheffield United in the last four.
Asked about the prospect of taking the team to Wembley, Pochettino added: “For me, I’m focused on the semi-final and Sheffield United.”
“It’s important to go step by step. We have a lot of respect for our opponents.”