Pardew admits crocked Newcastle striker is 'patched up' ahead of West Brom clash

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says striker Papiss Cisse will be 'patched-up' for this weekend's game against West Brom.

Newcastle United may have endured a torrid start to the season, but manager Alan Pardew has stood strong in the face of criticism to lead the Magpies out of danger.

Four wins in a row in all competitions has seen them beat Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool, and confidence is high in the North East - just weeks after fans were leading a revolt against Pardew following a winless start to the season.

Last week's matchwinner against Liverpool was striker Ayoze Perez, but the Spaniard only had the chance because Papiss Cisse went off injured at half time.

The Senegalese hitman was poor last season, but his two goals against Swansea City at the start of October have triggered the recent revival.

However, Cisse - who was out for several months with a broken kneecap - suffered another knee niggle against Liverpool and was substituted as a result.

Pardew now says that the club have 'patched Cisse up' ahead of this weekend's game against West Brom, and said Cisse didn't want to come off against Liverpool, but he felt it would be best to withdraw him.

"I just think that he has a knee at the moment that isn’t giving him full licence, and at this level you can’t do that," said Pardew. "We’ll hopefully patch him up, and get him out at West Brom."

"He felt he was OK, but I didn’t think he was moving great," said Pardew. "It wasn’t about how he was playing."

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