Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits next season's African Nations Cup is a big headache for him.

Controversially, the Nations Cup take place for the second year running to avoid occurring in the same year as World Cups.

And it means that with extra Europa League games next season to go with Carling Cup, FA Cup and Premier League fixtures, Pardew has to be careful.

With that in mind, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote may get an extra rest period this summer.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "I think we're going to have to look at Demba, Papiss and Cheick. They've got African Nations. We've got Europa League.

"We've got a much more difficult season next season."