Well would you believe it – Cheick Tiote is a doubt for Saturday after all.
Sylvain Marveaux – misses Man City game
After looking at his comments of yesterday, we thought the Ivorian would be ready to play on Saturday afternoon, but as we half expected, Alan Pardew has come out and said it’s still touch and go on Cheick.
In fact, if there’s any doubt at all about Cheick, then Danny Guthrie will likely continue to deputize for him on Saturday, and it will be another good chance for the former Liverpool player to show what he can do for Newcastle.
The news today is that Cheick Tiote, who seems desperate to be play at Manchester City, is indeed being assessed daily by the Newcastle medical team, so the Daily Mail report this morning seems accurate after all – our mistake on that one – whoops.
It also looks like Cabaye will be ready to resume his starting position in the side, after playing the full game for France last night in Paris.
But Sylvain Marveaux is not fit with his groin problem, and will not be in the squad that travels to the Etihad Stadium for Saturday’s tough game.
It was a groin problem that kept Sylvain out of the Rennes side from October of last year, for the rest of the season, so we have to hope it’s not the exact same injury.
A surprise is that Gabriel Obertan, who had that mysterious toe infection, may be fit to play on Saturday, and it could be that some antibiotics cleared that problem up, but apparently he’s still not 100% certain to be ready for Saturday.
And Shola Ameobi looks to be available for Saturday, and of course his younger brother Sammy could see some action on Saturday, after appearing twice for the England U21s in the last week.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Marveaux is definitely out. Shola will be involved as he’s back to fitness, so that is good news for us.”
“We are still sweating on Cheick and Obertan.”
We’re also assuming Leon Best is fit again, after having two weeks to recover from the knocks he took for the Magpies’ cause, against Everton.
Newcastle should be able to field a strong side on Saturday, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how our lads perform against money-bags Manchester City.