There’s a report in the Daily Mail this morning that Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is struggling to be fit for the game at Manchester City on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote – should be fit for Saturday
The Mail is reporting that the Ivory Coast midfielder has a medial ligament injury, and has spent this week working with the club’s medical staff to get fit for Saturday’s important game.
But that news is hardly consistent with what the 25 year-old talked about to the local Newcastle press yesterday.
Cheick said he was looking forward to the game on Saturday, and the following is some of the things he said yesterday, which seem to suggest he is fit and ready to go:
“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 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.”
So we’d surprised if the report in the Mail today has much truth in it, although Alan Pardew will probably shed some light on the matter when he talks to the local press this week, as the build up to the game starts, following tghe International break.
The other good news last night was that Yohan Cabaye played the full game for France in their 0-0 draw with Belgium in Paris, and seemed to come through the game completely unscathed, so he should be ready to line up for the Magpies in central midfield on Saturday.
If either of these two players cannot make it, Danny Guthrie is standing by, and there’s also a chance that Alan Pardew will start Danny regardless of the fitness of Tiote and Cabaye.
That would be to reward him for the three very good games he has had filling in for Cheick Tiote, and Alan’s view that if you come in do very well, you can keep your place.
And on another topic, we see that Yven Moyo made his debut for the Congo last Friday in the side’s 5-0 win at Sao Tome E Principe, when he came on as a sub after 73 minutes.
And then last night Moyo made another appearance after just 42 minutes, as Congo were held to a 1-1 draw by the same side at home.
It’s always nice to see our players, especially the youngsters progressing to the International scene.