Newcastle may have had a night to forget against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but they won't be adding injury to insult.
Alan Pardew's men were thrashed 4-0 in a League Cup quarter-final with a performance reminiscent of the bleaker days earlier in the campaign.
But Newcastle may have been distracted by Sunday's crucial derby against Sunderland looming on the horizon - a game that fans will be much more desperate to win.
So when midfielder Sissoko went down during the second half and needed lengthy treatment, there were fears that a key man may be absent for the weekend's crunch encounter.
The Toon are however facing a goalkeeping crisis after Jak Alnwick suffered a shoulder injury while Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are already sidelined.
Newcastle are expected to ask the Premier League for permission to bring in a new 'keeper outside the transfer window because of the extent of their injury woes.