Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has 'concerns' over Ebola

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Alan Pardew believes it would be naive not to be concerned about Ebola following international week at Newcastle United.

Due to worries over the Ebole breakout, Alan Pardew has confirmed that Newcastle United have a "strategy" for when their players return from international duty, particularly Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote and Senegal star Papiss Cisse.

"We would be naive not have concerns," said Magpies manager Alan Pardew as quoted by Sky Sports. "We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of.

"They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them."

Newcastle United are one of only two teams in the Premier League who are still yet to return a victory this season, but will be looking to end that miserable run this weekend.

Newcastle host Leicester City on Saturday, October 18 and will hope to bank maximum points.

"We haven't won a game yet and Newcastle United need to win," continued Pardew. "We are paid to win games, not to draw games or be honourable losers, so we need to win and therefore the pressure is very much on me and the team. We shouldn't shirk that.

"It's not easy at the moment, there have been easier times. When you are winning, things can fall into place. Where we are right now when you're fighting for every result, it makes it difficult and stressful.

"I've enjoyed, I'd say, 80 per cent of it, most of it has been pretty good. The most important is where we are right now. We are desperate for a win and I really want to deliver it on Saturday."

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