Tyne to return: Newcastle duo Ba and Cisse set for early comeback after Senegal crash out of Africa Cup of Nations
Newcastle have been handed an unexpected boost with the news that Demba Ba and new signing Papiss Cisse will be back on Tyneside next week – and they could feature in their game with Blackburn at Ewood Park on Wednesday.
The Senegal pair suffered a shock defeat to Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday night in the Africa Cup of Nations – their second of the tournament following their opening defeat to Zambia – and crashed out of the tournament.
Crashing out: Newcastle's new No 9 Papiss Cisse could not prevent Senegal from crashing out
Shock: David Alvarez scores the winner for Equatorial Guinea in stoppage time
But it is good news for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew who will hope the pair will return to the North East sooner than expected after their final group game with Libya on Sunday.
Senegal were the pre-tournament favourites and would have expected to have been involved until the end of the competition on February 12, but the shock exit two weeks early will come as a boost for Newcastle who are looking to cement a top six finish.
All over: Demba Ba was unable to recreate his Newcastle form for Senegal
Ba has been in fine form this season scoring 15 goals in the league and his international team-mate Cisse will look to make an early mark following his 10million move from German side Freiburg.
The defeat was harsh on Senegal who conceded an injury time goal to the co-hosts who sealed their place in the quarter finals ahead of the favourites.
David Alvarez scored in the 94th minute to secure the victory and eliminate Senegal from the tournament.
Iban Iyanga had headed the unfancied co-host ahead in the 62nd minute, before Moussa Sow snatched an 89th-minute equalizer.