Newcastle United striker unlikely to feature at Southampton

Papiss Cisse may be close to a return for Newcastle United, but he is unlikely to play any part when the Toon travel to St Mary’s in the Premier League.

With Siem de Jong already ruled out until the New Year, Newcastle fans will also have to wait a little longer before seeing Papiss Cisse back in the black and white colours of the Toon.

The 29-year-old is close to making a return to first-team action, following several months out with a serious knee injury suffered back in April of last season.

However while Cisse is making steady progress and could be back playing against in the Premier League this month, he will not be ready for the weekend’s clash with Southampton.

The Chronicle provided details of the Senegalese striker’s progress, with Cisse now back in training and aiming to be close to match-fitness by the end of September.

Injuries hampered the former Freiburg striker’s efforts last season, with the 29-year-old managing just four Premier League goals in 27 appearances for the Magpies last season.

But with Newcastle moving to bring in several attacking reinforcements over the summer, Cisse will no longer be burdened with the expectation of finding the net week-in, week-out for the Toon as manager Alan Pardew looks to share the responsibility out more amongst the squad.

It remains to be seen as to how Cisse will cope on his return, having previous suffered a fractured patella for Newcastle which required specialist medical treatment in Clairefontaine.

Keen to make a return to the Magpies fold, his first opportunity could come at home against Hull in a couple of weeks time.

Fail to beat the Tigers and big changes could be in the offing at the club, amid reports that Pardew has just two games left to save himself from the sack.

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