PAPISS Demba Cisse is ready for the two biggest games of his Newcastle United career.
The striker came off the bench for the relegation-threatened club late in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Hopefully, I will be able to train the whole of the week before the game at QPR, and if I am able to do that, I am sure I will be able to play more.Papiss Demba Cisse
Cisse had served a seven-game ban for spitting – and recovered from knee surgery.
The 29-year-old feels he is ready for more time on the pitch against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, having come on in the 69th minute against West Brom.
But United head coach John Carver doesn’t feel that Newcastle’s 11-goal leading scorer will be ready to start at Loftus Road.
Cisse, however, is determined to make the most of whatever time he gets on the pitch – and help his team claim the three points which would almost certainly keep the club in the Premier League.
“I was only able to train for a couple of days before the (West Brom) game, so it’s still quite early for me,” said Cisse, who had a screw removed from his knee during his suspension.
“But I know that the teams needs me, and I spoke to the gaffer and said ‘if I can have 15 or 20 minutes, I know I can do that, and hopefully I will help’.
“Hopefully, I will be able to train the whole of the week before the game at QPR, and if I am able to do that, I am sure I will be able to play more.
“The last two games are very important for the club, and also very important for me personally.
“I am only really happy when I am out on the pitch, and every game is a really big game for me now because I haven’t been able to play much and the team needs the points in every game.
“I haven’t been playing, and I want to play and hopefully score as much as I can before the season ends.
“The last two games will not be easy, because QPR and West Ham will be wanting to win too, but Newcastle need the points so we have to work hard.
“I am confident everything will be OK.”
Cisse – who was banned after a spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans at St James’s Park in early March – was itching to get on against West Brom.
United came from behind to claim a point thanks to a goal from forward Ayoze Perez.
The result ended a dreadful run of eight successive defeats, and Cisse – who could leave St James’s Park in the summer – feels the team can pull away from trouble with the backing of the club’s fans.
“It’s never easy when you’re sitting on the bench, because you’re moving with every ball and wanting to be involved,” said the Senegal international.
“It was like I was playing. I enjoyed the game, but it was tough because I want my team to win.
“All the players know that they need the fans. For me, the most important part of a team is the fans.
“If your team doesn’t have fans, you can forget it. We have very good fans and I just hope they keep supporting us because we need them.”