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Newcastle boss Pardew concerned over losing players to Africa Cup of Nations

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew could lose players to the Africa Cup of Nations in January. The match between the Ivory Coast and Senegal in an Afcon playoff in Dakar on Saturday will feature Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote.

"Senegal v Ivory Coast is a massive game for this football club," he told the Daily Mirror.

"If Senegal win, we will lose both of them, so in the next window we would have to do something about it.

"I will either lose one world class player or two world class players, so I'd rather Cheick bangs a couple in - then I'll lose just the one player.

"If it's the other way round, I have no problem with that - I'll have Cheick Tiote on board.

"It's an interesting fixture, and I think it'll be hard [for visitors Ivory Coast] to hold on to a two-goal lead but we'll see.

"Senegal love Newcastle and if they heard the Newcastle manager is rooting for another country they wouldn't be happy, so I am completely neutral!"

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