Alan Pardew expresses concerns over Ebola threat to Newcastle stars

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed his concerns over the health problems that may arise when his players travel to Morocco to play in the African Cup of Nations in January, according to BBC Sport.

Magpies trio Papiss Cisse, Cheik Tiote and Sammy Ameobi could all represent their countries at the competition, probing questions over their exposure to Ebola.

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The Newcastle boss, however, has said that the club have plans to safeguard their players who, Pardew, insists, have not been at health risk whilst playing for respective countries this week.

Last week, scheduled hosts Morocco asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to postpone the January tournament because of fears over Ebola and CAF are now considering alternative hosts.

Pardew, when asked about his concerns, said: 'I think we'd be naive not to have concerns, and we certainly got a strategy for when they return and making sure they are taken care of, and their families are. They are essential to us."

"Our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise, and also protection for them, so we are going to do or very best to help them."

Newcastle are still searching for their first league win of the season, which has brought Pardew under some serious pressure.

The former West Ham boss will be looking to ease that pressure on himself this weekend when his side host a leicester side that has raised a few eyebrows with their results this term.

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