Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse would have missed four games due to injury had he not been suspended, according to The Sun.
It has been reported by the British tabloid that the 29-year-old suffered a knee injury during the Premier League game against Manchester United at St. James’ Park on March 4.
The Senegal international was found guilty of spitting at United defender Jonny Evans in that match and was subsequently banned for seven games.
However, it seems that Cisse would have ruled out for up to five weeks with the injury he picked up in the 1-0 defeat to United.
The news, though, will still not be a consolation for Newcastle, who are struggling for form and points at the moment.
The former SC Freiburg star has scored 11 goals and created five chances in 19 Premier League appearances so far this season for the Magpies, while having a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 56%.
In the absence of Cisse, Newcastle manager John Carver will have to find alternative sources of goals, which could prove to be tough.