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Newcastle midfielder Sissoko to make donation to charity after sending off

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed Moussa Sissoko has been asked to make a donation to charity for his sending off against West Ham.

The France international received two yellow cards in quick succession in the 1-0 defeat, first for kicking the ball away and then for a heavy challenge on former Magpie Andy Carroll.

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko was sent off against West Ham. Credit: PA

"He should not have kicked the ball away, it was a stupid booking and the second one was pure frustration," said Pardew.

"It probably came from him feeling stupid about kicking the ball away so that was almost a self-inflicted second booking. I'm disappointed with him, and I have talked to him about what contribution he'll be making towards charity. I don't know which one yet, Moussa can decide.

"We've not discussed a figure yet. He's apologised to the squad because he knows he was in the wrong."Pardew seems unlikely to hold too much against Sissoko, though, after landing a jovial jibe at the local reporters who named Sunderland's Lee Cattermole the north east football writers' player of the year.


Pardew bemoans 'critical' injury list

Pardew's squad is rather depleted. Credit: PA

Newcastle's injury problems have hit "critical" ahead of Tuesday's visit to Burnley.

That was the assessment of manager Alan Pardew, who will take a threadbare squad to Turf Moor due to fitness problems and suspensions.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul, captain Fabriccio Coloccini and Rolando Aarons are all injured, while Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson and Massadio Haidara all face late fitness tests.

With Moussa Sissoko being sent off against West Ham on Saturday and Jack Colback having collected his fifth booking of the campaign, the Magpies are likely to be severely underpowered.

It's critical, I would say, in terms of the spine of the team. There's no Tim, no Moussa, no Jack who would all probably start if they were fit.

We're taking 22 players to Burnley, and three of them are youth-team players.

– Alan Pardew

Teams: West Ham v Newcastle


TEAMS: #WHUFC: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Tomkins, Collins, Noble (c), Kouyate, Downing, Amalfitano, Jarvis, Carroll #WHUNEW


#NUFC at @whufc_official (4-3-3): Elliot; Janmaat, Williamson, Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Tiote (c), Colback; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi.


Pardew has advice for Perez

Alan Pardew has told blossoming star Ayoze Perez to work on his pace and power if he is to terrorise Barclays Premier League defences on a regular basis.

The 21-year-old frontman, who joined the club in a £1.5million switch from Tenerife during the summer, announced himself in style with winners against Tottenham and Liverpool after getting his chance because of injuries in October, and has not looked back since.

He has great technical ability and I have worked with great technical players before. He has the technique that top players have.

Now we have to transfer that into a physical specimen that can handle this division without taking away his speed and agility. There is a balance there, but he has improved massively.

It hasn't surprised me, the goals he's scored, because that's his strength. What has surprised me is some of his link-up play and movement. He also has clever, technical feet to get him out of tricky situations.

That part of his game has surprised me a bit. He is not the complete package, but he is certainly a great prospect.

He needs to improve his understanding of the game and his strength, both his speed and power. Retention of the ball is very important at this level and he needs to improve that too.

But we are talking of a player who can do all that. It's not a million miles away for him. He is a goalscorer who loves scoring goals.

– Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

De Jong back in training for Newcastle

Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong is on the comeback trail after resuming light training.

The 25-year-old Dutchman has been sidelined since September, when he was ruled out by the Magpies for "a number of months" because of a thigh injury.

However, he tweeted on Tuesday: "Finally my boots back on! First session outside."

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