Newcastle Utd’s Sissoko doubtful for QPR clash

DOUBT ... Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko.
DOUBT ... Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko.

MOUSSA Sissoko’s rated as doubtful Newcastle United’s visit to Loftus Road.

The midfielder sat out Saturday’s goalless draw against West Ham United with a knee problem.

And Sissoko was today being assessed ahead of the club’s return to the capital at the weekend.

United manager Alan Pardew – whose side face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday – felt his team missed Sissoko’s “power” in east London against

“Moussa got injured on Tuesday, and we thought he’d be OK,” Pardew said “It was enough to keep him out. Whether it keeps him out next week, I don’t know.

“We could have done with his power. We’ll have to wait and see. It’s his knee.”

The club’s medical staff will also assess striker Shola Ameobi, who suffered a what looked to be a foot injury at Upton Park and left on crutches as a precaution.

Meanwhile, Massadio Haidara was ruled out of the West Ham game with a hamstring problem, and Pardew doesn’t feel he will be fit in time to be involved against QPR.

However, his fellow left back Davide Santon could make a quicker than expected recovery.

Santon – who suffered hamstring injury against Fulham last month – is hopeful of playing again this season.

“I don’t think Haidara will be fit,” said Pardew. “ Santon, maybe. We’re pushing Santon to be available.”

Right-back Mathieu Debuchy, suspended for the West Ham match after his dismissal against Liverpool, will be available for Loftus Road.