Papiss Cisse set to feature for NUFC against Liverpool

RIB BLOW ... Cisse suffered his injury against Benfica.
RIB BLOW ... Cisse suffered his injury against Benfica.

NEWCASTLE United’s Papiss Demba Cisse has been given the all-clear to face Liverpool.

The striker suffered a rib injury against Benfica in the club’s Europa League quarter-final earlier this month.

And there were fears Cisse would be ruled out of the relegation-threatened Newcastle’s last four Premier League games.

But Cisse has been cleared to continue playing after a visit to a French specialist in Paris on Monday.

And that is welcome news to United manager Alan Pardew, who has limited striking options.

Cisse was back in training on Tyneside yesterday ahead of Liverpool’s visit to St James’s Park on Saturday.

The 27-year-old – who wore a protective vest in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion – has scored 13 goals so far this season.

For his part, Cisse is keen to play on and help the club secure it’s top-flight status for another season.

However, the Senegal international knows another blow to his rib cage could yet see him miss the end of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the Liverpool game is close to a sell-out.