Surprising news today that Cheick Tiote is the latest Newcastle United player to have a visa problem this summer.
Cheick Tiote – after scoring his only goal for Newcastle – so far
Cheick Tiote will not now be available for the friendly game at Leeds United on Sunday.
There is now real news on what the problem is although the Evening Chronicle is reporting it is red-tape problem about his visa, but that hardly tells us too much.
Tiote did not travel back to London with the rest of the squad but instead was on a plane to Accra in Ghana, where apparently the Ivory Coast Embassy is currently based.
Cheick’s job is to resolve whatever the problem is with his via, so again this seems just a little mystifying to us.
Tiote will be training while he is in Accra, until the problem with his visa is sorted out, so at least Tiote will keep himself at his current fitness level, and we’re not even sure if anybody from the club has accompanied him to Ghana, but we would think so.
Newcastle expect that Tiote will have everything sorted out by next weekend, and he will likely start the plum game against Italian club Fiorentina a week tomorrow.
That’s Newcastle’s final warm-up fame before meeting Arsenal at St. James’ Park on Saturday, 13th August, and we have to hope we’ll not be four goals down after 26 minutes in that game.