Papiss Cisse scheduled for Newcastle return

After resolving his differences with the club's main shirt sponsor, Wonga, the striker is set to feature in Tuesday's pre-season friendly against St Mirren
Papiss Cisse will make his comeback for Newcastle in their friendly with St Mirren on Tuesday after his dispute with the club was resolved.

The stiker, a Muslim, did not feature for Alan Pardew's side in their opening four pre-season fixtures after expressing concerns over the nature of the club's main shirt sponsor, Wonga, and initially refused to wear the club's shirt due to conflicts with his faith and beliefs.

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However, following discussions, Cisse has now agreed to wear the strip - and Pardew confirmed that the Senegal international will face the Scottish club on Tuesday as he continues his progress towards full fitness.

"Papiss has looked really good," Pardew told The Chronicle.

"We've only had one training day with him as a group, and he’s looked really well. I'm pleased with that.

"It's been a difficult time for him, and now we rally round him and support him."

Cisse will line up alongside Hatem Ben Arfa, Fabricio Coloccini and Cheikh Tiote who failed to feature in the 1-0 pre-season victory over Blackpool.