Steve McClaren gives positive update on Newcastle striker

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Newcastle need all the front men they can muster at the moment, so this is good news...right?

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse looks set to return from an injury which was meant to keep him out for up to three months, weeks early, according to the Chronicle.

Cisse picked up an injury in the drab 0-0 draw with Aston Villa last month and left Steve McClaren down a striker as the Magpies look to move further away from the relegation zone.

While Cisse has been unable to follow up his goalscoring escapades of the first half of the 2014/15 season, Newcastle could do with all the bodies they can muster in their front line, after scoring just 19 goals - the third lowest in the Premier League this season.

The Senegalese striker is set to still miss the FA Cup clash with Premier League side Watford but McClaren has confirmed to the Chronicle that the number 9 should start first-team training next week.

"Papiss has been out on the field running and as long as he keeps running he could be back training next week." McClaren said, adding: "On medical advice we are letting him rehab and he is progressing very quickly in that rehab. There may come a point where he breaks down or he comes right the way through and he is fit.

"It is that kind of injury. He is progressing well and he is on course to join us midweek. Hopefully we will see him soon."

With Cisse likely to be back in training ahead of the clash with Manchester United at St James' Park on Tuesday evening, Newcastle could do with picking up a surprise win over Louis van Gaal's side.

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