Alan Pardew had said earlier this week that Cheick Tiote would be fit for the Chelsea game, but unfortunately the Ivory Coast International has been ruled out of the game.
Cheick Tiote– will miss 6th game in a row tomorrow
Cheick has missed the last five game, but Danny Guthrie has come in for an extended run and has performed very well for the Newcastle side, and his form over those games will hopefully get him a new contract before his current one runs out next June.
It seems a little bit of a mystery why the injury is taking so long to heal, since he almost made the game at Manchester United last Saturday.
This is what manager Pardew said today:
“I am not going to say he will be fit for next week. We must make sure he is right because he is a very important player to us.”
“There is no complication. It is just a little nagging injury which we just can’t get over the line at the moment.”
“We certainly do not feel there is a need for an op or to go back to square one. He has not really had a setback.”
“It is just time and it is taking a little bit longer than we had hoped”
Alan will now be hoping to get the Ivorian fit for the next game at Norwich City a week tomorrow, and the manager has said before that Cheick is a big player in away games.
Tiote’s injury reminds us of the thigh strain Andy Carroll picked up just before he was sold to Liverpool, and it turned out that injury kept Andy out quite a long time, when it was though initially he would be out only two to three weeks.
Alan gave his usual press conference this afternoon, and he said he wasn’t quite ready and he would not be risked, because he’s such a big player for the club.
But Alan also said Cheick didn’t need an operation, and that he hadn’t had any setbacks, and it’s just that his injury is taking a lot more time than the medical staff had expected.
Pardew also said that Leon Best is fit again and training with the first team, and the Irish International is available for selection for tomorrow’s game.
The manager had good words to say about Gary Speed and take a look at the Twitter account #scarvesforspeedo which is an attempt to get as many fans as possible to bring scarves on Saturday, in memory of the Newcastle legend.
Alan also said he was sorry to see Steve Bruce be sacked from Sunderland.
It’s also looking that Martin O’Neill could be the new manager at the Black Cats, and it helps that Martin was a Sunderland supporter when he was a boy.
Alan comes across really well with his press conferences, and it’s just a pity that the fans cannot see it, although of course they can if they sign up for nufcTV.
But we think that now and again it would be good for Newcastle to release one of these interviews, so every fan can see how expertly Alan seems to answer the questions, which are usually wide ranging.
The target for Saturday is all 3 points and Alan Pardew is hoping that over 52,000 fans at St. James’ Park will help the lads to victory.
So do we.