Papiss Cisse is preparing himself for a fight not just with relegation but with a cracked rib injury he suffered against Benfica.
Newcastle's number 9 jetted to Paris in the week to see a specialist after complaining of pain during the West Brom game at the weekend, but has since returned to training with the first team.
The strikers bid for fitness could come as a huge boost to Alan Pardew whose team faces liverpool on Sunday. Last seasons fixture between the two teams resulted in a 2-0 victory for the Toon compliments of a Cisse brace.
The Senegalese international wants to use the pain of the derby day defeat to help him and his team avoid the drop and pick up some vital points against Liverpool.
Cisse told the Chronicle: “We know how the supporters feel. “I can say to the fans that is their club and our club as well, we feel the same way. The derby is on a different level and we know that, so we understand how painful it is for them."
Losing Cisse for the run-in would be a huge disappointment for the Magpies, who have struggled for goals all campaign especially after having influential winger Hatem Ben Arfa injured for most of the season.
They might have had more goals this season, with Cisse having an incredible five goals disallowed that on television replays appeared legitimate.
He joked “We can call it bad luck I suppose. But maybe next season they will accept one or two more of my goals!”
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