Newcastle United news: Key defender back for Norwich, striker lifts lid on difficult spell, Benitez press conference

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez
Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez

Papiss Cisse has lifted the lid on a 'difficult' spell at Newcastle United - and he has pledged to make up for lost time.

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The striker returned from a three-month lay-off in the Tyne-Wear derby and he is battling for a starting place at Carrow Road tomorrow afternoon.

The 30-year-old had surgery early this year after suffering a groin injury in December, and he’s just relieved to be back fit ahead of the all-important run-in.

"It’s difficult for my mind," said Cisse.

"I need to be positive.

"I know I’ve had injuries. I need to work hard with the physios. They do a good job.

"For me, I need to be focused. It’s not easy, but it’s the only way I can go."

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Rafa Benitez is due to hold his weekly pre-match press conference at Newcastle's training ground this afternoon - and we've got it covered.

Newcastle writer Miles Starforth is there for us bringing you the very latest team, injury and transfer news ahead of the game against Norwich City.

The press conference is due to get underway from 12.30pm.

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And finally, Daryl Janmaat is set to give Rafa Benitez a welcome injury lift in the wake of Rob Elliot’s season-ending injury.

The Newcastle United defender was forced off in the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland last month with a knee injury.

But he is set to be fit for the game at Carrow Road against relegation rivals Norwich City.

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