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Newcastle can count on Ba, Cisse in New Year

Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse will be staying with Newcastle United in the New Year.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not lose strike duo Ba and Cisse to 2013 Africa Cup of Nations duty in January after Senegal failed to qualify.

But they're likely to be without Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote.

Senegal's visit of Ivory Coast was called off in controversial circumstances on Saturday, with the visitors leading 2-0 and 6-2 on aggregate.

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