Cheick Tiote is fit again, and will be available for selection for the tough game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Cheick Tiote – could be back in the side Saturday
And Yohan Cabaye has been passed fit to play for France tonight in Paris against Belgium, and if he comes though that game okay, he will also be availbale to play against Man City.
But 24 year-old Danny Guthrie has played very well in the last three games, and especially in the last game against Everton a week last Saturday, when Danny was a star performer in the Newcastle engine room, and Danny may keep his starting position on Saturday.
Cheick was also wisely withdrawn from the Ivory Coast squad for their games during the International break, and the 25 year-old Ivorian International has given his first interview to the Newcastle press, since recovering from his knee injury.
Cheick acknowledges that every player at Newcastle has to fight for their starting place in the side:
““We’re not afraid.” “The manager will make sure we are right for the game, tactically, physically and mentally, and if I am selected to play I will be doing my absolute best to keep our good run going this season.”
“It’s been very frustrating for me to have missed the last two games, especially as we have started the season so well.” “But at the same time I was very happy for the team to have won both matches.”
“I watched the Stoke game on TV and was very happy to see Demba Ba score a hat-trick and for the way we defended against all their set-pieces.” “It was a real team display where all the players did their bit for the team.”
“Then last time out against Everton I was watching from the stands and thought we deserved the three points too.” “It was hard to watch because I wanted to be involved, but it was great to hear the crowd.”
“I think they really helped the team to hang on to the lead.” “Ryan’s Taylor’s goal was very special, maybe more special than mine against Arsenal!” “Danny came in and did a very good job too.”
“He fitted into the team so well. It shows how good our squad is and also that even if I am fit, the manager has options to change the team.” “It is good that we all have to fight for our positions in the team.”
“Dan Gosling did well too when he came on, and he is pushing for a starting place.” “It is always disappointing to miss international matches, especially the important ones we have just had. But I had no choice really but to stay in Newcastle and get fit, and that’s exactly what I did.”
“Going to Manchester City is something we are looking forward to. I think it is out toughest game yet, but we’re not afraid of the challenge.”
“They were incredible against Manchester United a few weeks ago and have been scoring a lot of goals, but we have the best defense in the league and we hope that will mean we can get a good result.”
A good result would be anything but a defeat, and quite honestly if our lads put in a brave and fighting performance, that’s all we really ask from them, since we are not a top four side – not yet anyway.
We’re not going to finish in the top six by only beating the top four sides away, but rather by beating the bottom 14 sides, both at home and on the road to rack up those points.
But we’re also open to having Newcastle shock us by coming away with a good result too, as they’ve done more than once this season.
Howay The Lads!!