By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

After what seems like a rare week off from European adventures, Newcastle return to Premier League action this weekend as Swansea City make the trip to Tyneside. The Magpies are in need of a result to get their season into life as The Swans’ – who are one point below Newcastle in the table – try and record a rare away victory.

Michael Laudrup’s life as a Premier League manager got off to a brilliant start as Swansea stormed to the top of the table in early weeks, although haven’t been able to recreate the early brilliance in recent weeks.

The main news coming out of Tyneside this week surrounds Papiss Cisse, as Senegal threaten to stop the striker playing tomorrow afternoon. The former Freiburg hit man stayed in England this week as a back injury was bothering him, although his country say they didn’t receive the necessary paperwork to support the withdrawal. Senegal can now invoke a five day rule which would stop Cisse being involved tomorrow.

Whether Cisse would be picked tomorrow or not is another story, as Shola Ameobi will be full of confidence after making his international debut for Nigeria in midweek. Shola came off the bench to grab a late assist in his side’s 3-1 win over Venezuela in the USA. Jet lag could play a part in the big man’s availability though, as the travelling in time for a Saturday three o’ clock kick off could be a factor.

Younger brother Sammy Ameobi is also facing a race against time to be fit after pulling out of England’s under-21 game in the week. Demba Ba is fit to play after also withdrawing from Senegal’s midweek game with a shin injury, while Cheick Tiote returns from suspension.

Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, James Perch and youngster Adam Campbell are all injured, while Fabricio Coloccini serves the final game of a 3-match ban. With Jonas Gutierrez also injured from a clash with Yossi Benayoun last week, the Captain’s armband will be around the arm of Steven Taylor.

Former Newcastle target Neil Taylor will be missing for the visitors with a serious ankle injury, while Ki Sung-Yeung is also out. Newcastle fan Danny Graham will be hoping to find the target against the Club he supported as a youngster as he returns from injury that kept him from facing Southampton last week.