Cisse fired up for late intervention as Newcastle target Premier League safety

Papiss Cisse misses out for Newcastle against Sunderland back in December
Papiss Cisse misses out for Newcastle against Sunderland back in December
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PAPISS Cisse is ready for the two biggest games of his Newcastle United career.

The striker came off the bench for the relegation-threatened Magpies late in last weekend’s 1-1 draw against West Brom.

Cisse had served a seven-game ban for spitting – and recovered from knee surgery.

Now the 29-year-old feels he is ready for more game time at QPR on Saturday, although head coach John Carver does not feel that Newcastle’s 11-goal leading scorer will be ready to start at Loftus Road.

Cisse, however, is determined to make the most of whatever time he gets on the pitch – and help his team claim the three points which would almost certainly keep the Tynesiders in the Premier League.

“I was only able to train for a couple of days before the (West Brom) game, so it’s still quite early for me,” said Cisse, who had a screw removed from his knee during his suspension.

“But I know that the teams needs me, and I spoke to the gaffer and said ‘if I can have 15 or 20 minutes, I know I can do that, and hopefully I will help’.

“Hopefully, I will be able to train the whole of the week before the game at QPR, and if I am able to do that, I am sure I will be able to play more.

“The last two games are very important for the club, and also very important for me personally.

“I am only really happy when I am out on the pitch, and every game is a really big game for me now because I haven’t been able to play much and the team needs the points in every game.

“I haven’t been playing, and I want to play and hopefully score as much as I can before the season ends.

“The last two games will not be easy, because QPR and West Ham (next week’s final-day opponents) will be wanting to win too, but Newcastle need the points so we have to work hard.

“I am confident everything will be OK.”

Cisse – who was banned after a spitting at Manchester United’s Jonny Evans in early March – was itching to get on against West Brom.

The 1-1 draw ended a dreadful run of eight successive defeats, and Cisse – who could leave St James’s Park in the summer – feels the team can pull away from trouble.

“It’s never easy when you’re sitting on the bench, because you’re moving with every ball and wanting to be involved,” said the Senegal international.

“It was like I was playing. I enjoyed the game, but it was tough because I want my team to win.”