News today that Cheick Tiote has re-injured his hamstring, and is unlikely to be risked against Bolton on Monday afternoon.
Cheick Tiote challenges Joe Allen yesterday
Cheick was taken off at half time yesterday, after suffering a recurrence of his recent hamstring injury, and he will now have a couple of weeks to be fit for the important home game against Stoke City on 21st April.
And if Coloccini is fit for the Monday game, then maybe Colo comes back in to partner Mike Williamson in the center of defense, and that man James Perch can switch to defensive midfield in place of Tiote?
This is what Cheick told the local press today:
“I don’t want to take any risks and be out for four or five weeks.” “I preferred to stop after the first half. We’ll have to see if I’ll be ready for Monday or not.”
“If I’m not ready for Monday, I think I’ll be ready for Stoke. It’s a long break, which is good for me.” “It’s not easy when you miss one or two games because of injury.”
“But I take the positive side. I’m a footballer, and I’ve been fit all my career.” “It’s a bad moment for me, but it’s OK, because it’s not a bad injury.” “Some players are out for six months or a year.”
And Cheick has expressed his appreciation of the work that Papiss Cisse did yesterday, in what was a fabulous result for Newcastle, just as long as we can take all 3 points against Bolton on Monday.
This is what Cheick said about the brilliant result:
“It was a brilliant result against a good team.” “They played well, but we used our experience to win this game.” “We defended well, and it was a good result.”
“For the team, Papiss is the best, as he’s scoring every game.” “He’s important for us – he’s doing a great job.” “Everyone’s happy for him.”
There’s no chance that Alan Pardew will risk Tiote against Bolton, which could see the Ivorian injure the hamstring again, and be out for the rest of the season, and it could be he returned too quickly this time around.
Newcastle know that James Perch can get the job done in different positions for Newcastle, and we expect James to come into defensive midfield, if Colo is fit.
Ryan Taylor and Dan Gosling can also do a job in midfield for the Magpies, and we are assuming Cabaye was only taken off yesterday as a precaution, and that he’s fit for Monday’s important game.