Magpies striker admits he can't stop thinking about injury

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse says that he is struggling to put his old injury problems out of his mind.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse says that he cannot help thinking about his injury. 

The striker has returned to full-fitness after missing the whole of pre-season after a broken kneecap, but he admits that his previous problem still plays on his mind.

“All the time I think about this injury, but I just put it out of my head,” he said to the Shields Gazette.

“I need to be happy, play all the games and enjoy."

“I need to be careful sometimes with my knee, as I came back early, but I’m just happy.”

So far, these concerns have not impacted negatively on Cisse's game and he has been one of the bright sparks in a poor start for the Magpies.

The Senegalese hitman appears to be back to his very best, notching four times in a handful of appearances.

His teammates, however, have not enjoyed such a rich vein of form and the pressure is on the club to start picking up results.

Alan Pardew's side are yet to win this campaign, and fears are emerging about whether they will be relegated in May.

Cisse will be crucial to the side in helping them avoid the drop and he says that he understands the pressure the team are being put under.

“I understand the fans when the fans are not happy – it’s normal that they show it,” he said. 

“Me, I’m just a Newcastle player. I need to play well and work hard for this team."

“I know it’s not easy. I just want to work hard on the training ground, and the team needs to keep going.”

“I believe in this team.”

Newcastle face Leicester City this weekend and Cisse will be aiming to pick up the three points to try and avoid any more pressure building. 

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