Blues may have to do without Cisse

Last updated : 16 October 2003 By Brian Cartlidge

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The tournament takes place in Tunisia between January 24th and February 14th and Cisse, the Senegal captain, is almost certain to be picked to play.

If selected, he will miss the Premiership games against Newcastle at home on January 31st, Man City away on February 7th and Everton at home on February 10th, plus possible FA Cup fourth and fifth round ties.

He may even miss the away trip to Chelsea on January 17th should Senegal officials require the players to attend a pre-tournament training camp.

Cisse has just returned to first team action after missing the first few games of the season and put in two impressive performances in the games with Manchester Utd and Chelsea.