"Newcastle need me" - Papiss Cisse believes he can save Magpies from relegation

Papiss Cisse believes he can help save Newcastle from relegation.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse has told The Sun that he is delighted to be back - but knows his team need him to help them stave off relegation.

Cisse, 29, has recently served a seven-game ban for spitting at Manchester United defender Jonny Evans, whilst he also suffered a knee injury during that absence.

The Senegal international may have been out of action for over two months, but he remains Newcastle's top goalscorer this season with 11 goals in the Premier League - four more than second placed Ayoze Perez.

The Magpies recently lost eight games in a row under interim boss John Carver, but snapped that dreadful run with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Much to the delight of Newcastle fans, Cisse made his return to the side, coming on for Emmanuel Riviere as a substitute for the final 20 minutes at St. James' Park.

With two games to go, Newcastle sit just two points clear of the relegation zone - and Cisse has told The Sun that he knows his team-mates need him, and he is hoping to deliver the goals Newcastle need in order to achieve Premier League survival.

"It is not just my job to keep us safe but I know that my team needs me and now I am here, hopefully I can play in the next two games," said Cisse. "It has been really hard having to watch what has been going on. I’m happy to be back because it’s been a while."

"Now they have stopped the losing run, the next thing is to win. The players have been sticking together and now we know we have to do something to save the team. I think it is a very good point but we know we need to win a game. There was a lot of desire in the team and now we need to keep on going. Maybe next week, if we do that, we will win the game," he added.

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