Cisse Heading Back To Tyneside?

If Senegal had been more successful, the Magpies’ top scorer could have been away until mid-February but with just one win from their three group games, their participation is over at the first hurdle for the second competition running.

It remains to be seen how quickly Cisse returns to England but could be available for the game against Stoke on February 8th.

Cheick Tiote may also head home early if his Ivory Coast side cannot win their game against Cameroon later today. All four teams in that group are level on two points apeice and have identical goal difference but Tiote may be rested after surprisingly picking up two bookings in his first two games.