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Newcastle's hopes of bouncing back from successive 3-0 defeats at the hands of Sunderland and Chelsea have been dealt a blow with the news that right back Mathieu Debuchy will miss Wednesday night's visit of Tottenham, having sustained a calf injury during Saturday's match at Stamford Bridge.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is expected to deputise for his compatriot tomorrow, but Debuchy joins a growing injury list for manager Alan Pardew, with Fabrizio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Gabriel Obertan, Yoann Gouffran, Gael Bigirimana and Papiss Cisse already on the treatment table.
Pardew has laid down a challenge for Cisse, suggesting that unless the Senegalese striker improves his performances, he could find himself out of St. James' Park after a frustrating season that has seen the former Freiburg man hit just three goals.
"He needs to have a big second half of the season for the summer.” said Pardew of Cisse. "We are going to have to make a decision with Papiss: whether he is going to stay at this club and be a big player for us like he was two years ago and last year to a degree, or whether it's going to be pastures new."
Meanwhile, former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli is reportedly being lined up to take the same role at Newcastle following the departure of Joe Kinnear. Comolli was much-maligned during his time at Anfield, having spent £35million on Andy Carroll, but he did land Luis Suarez, and his arrival would increase the French influx at St. James' Park, stretching to even the off-field level.
Comolli may not be a popular appointment, but after the reign of Kinnear, he doesn't have a great deal to live up to. Speaking with Sky Sports Radio, Comolli reportedly admitted that he would be interested in taking the role with the Magpies, having been out of work since April 2012.
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