Newcastle United have confirmed their midfielder Cheick Tiote suffered an injury to his right knee, during the club’s 1-0 victory over Wigan on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote – in action against Wigan
That’s not good news and it will mean that Cheick will certainly not be able to play tomorrow night in the Carling Cup tie at Blackburn, but there again, he has never played in the previous two rounds of the Cup, and was probably going to be rested tomorrow night as well.
The main question is whether Tiote will be fit for next Monday’s Premier League game at Stoke City.
But if not, it will give a chance to one of the central midfielders at Newcastle, and it could be that Danny Guthrie or Mahdi Abeid who gets the nod, and there’s always Dan Gosling, so there’s no shortage of central midfielders who can deputize for the Ivory Coast International.
And of course Tiote will need to be replaced when he goes off to play in the African Cup of Nations in mid-January, so we may get some hint as to who will replace him then, if Cheick cannot make the game next Monday evening.
Only last week Alan Pardew had hinted he may give a chance to Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid, who has been impressive in training since he arrived on Tyneside, and seems a smashing lad.
And Steven Taylor is also a doubt for tomorrow night’s game at Blackburn, and we’d be very surprised if Steven plays in that game.
Steven is still having treatment on the broken nose he sustained during Saturday’s 1-0 win at home to Wigan and will need to wear a protective mask if he does play.
But it seems that Newcastle are finally picking up some injuries to their first team players, and we have to admit that so far this season, the injuries have been kept under control.
This could even relieve a problem Alan Pardew has at the moment, in that he can now give a chance to some of Newcastle’s very good fringe players, and we’ll see what they do in a black and white shirt.