Martinez to check on Miguel

Moussa Sissoko admits Newcastle are determined to right the

“injustice” of their first-leg draw with Metalist Kharkiv.

The Magpies were held to a goalless draw in Thursday night’s

last-32 tie in the Europa League after Papiss Cisse saw two efforts

incorrectly adjudged to be offside.

Newcastle midfielder Sissoko claims the team are frustrated by

the decisions but feels they can still progress in Ukraine next


“There is a sense of injustice in the team because of the

goals,” said Sissoko, quoted in The Sun.

“It is not good for us that the goals were wrongly disallowed

but referees can make mistakes. We just have to do what we have to

do when we get the chance next week.”

The decisions were particularly cruel on Cisse given that the

Senegal striker has struggled for form this season after enjoying a

sensational start to his Newcastle career last term.

But Sissoko has every faith that the goals will soon come for

the 27-year-old signing from Freiburg.

“Last time was not his night,” he added. “He just could not

score – or at least he could not score a goal that was allowed. But

all his team-mates have a lot of confidence in him.

“We know exactly what he can do. I am sure that between now and

the rest of the season he will find the net many times.

“Hopefully the goals will start to flow next week in


Miguel is available on a free transfer after leaving Valencia

last summer and he recently held talks with Israeli side Maccabi

Tel Aviv.

The 33-year-old has been invited over to the DW Stadium by

Martinez, with the Wigan boss insisting it is not a trial.

However, Martinez wants to see what condition the right-back is

in before pressing ahead with any plans to add Miguel’s experience

to Wigan’s fight for Premier League survival.

“It’s not a trial as such, I just want to see how he is,” said

Martinez in the Daily Mirror.

Miguel spent five years at Benfica before enjoying seven seasons

with Valencia and he has appeared in two World Cups and two

European Championships for Portugal.