Senegal's loss is Newcastle's gain
And so Newcastle United fans will get to see the partnership of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse much earlier than expected following Senegal's shock exit from the African Cup of Nations.
In unlikely circumstances, Equatorial Guinea's late, late winner on a waterlogged surface in Bata sealed a 2-1 win, sending Senegal out and sending Ba and Cisse back to Tyneside.
The duo could be back to face Blackburn but even after being assessed by Toon medics, many would have been delighted with even the prospect of the duo back for Aston Villa in the next home game would have been gladly accepted by most United followers.
Without Ba, United looked a little devoid of ideas in the final third with both his goals and clever hold up play badly missed at Fulham.
Cisse and Ba is the partnership has all the potential to be as good as Alan Shearer/Les Ferdinand, and that's why many fans would be buzzing if they headed to Blackburn to see the duo make their first appearance together as a deadly duo.
Either way though, Senegal's loss, is without doubt Newcastle United's gain.