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Steve McClaren unsure of Papiss Cisse's festive availability

Senegalese centre-forward Papiss Cisse may miss Newcastle United's festive encounters with a groin complaint.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has conceded that Papiss Cisse is a doubt for the upcoming festive period.

The Senegalese striker limped off in the 33rd minute of Saturday evening's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa because of a groin complaint.

The severity of the injury is yet to be revealed, but McClaren has admitted that he may have to make do without the services of the 30-year-old.

"He's had a scan and he needs a second opinion on another to gauge the severity, how long [he will be out]. We still don't know, but he's a doubt for the weekend," he told reporters.

Over the coming days the Magpies face Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal.

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