PAPISS Demba Cisse has been backed to be a derby hero for Newcastle United.
The striker took his tally for the club to two goals with his strike in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Wolves.
Cisse was yesterday withdrawn from the Senegal squad for Wednesday night’s friendly against South Africa as a precaution after suffering a knock in the game.
While the injury is a concern, the fact that Cisse has been spared a 12,000-mile round trip to Durban will come as a relief to manager Alan Pardew, who was wary of the toll that the gruelling trip would take on his player.
In any case, Pardew’s confident the he will be fit to face Sunderland after a week’s treatment.
Cisse, so far, has a 100 per cent scoring record at the stadium, having also netted on his home debut against Aston Villa.
“Papiss has been showing in training that he’s going to score goals,” Pardew said. “I think he got six in one small-sided game this week. I’ve not seen many strikers do that since I’ve been here.”
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