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Tiote Out Of Bolton Game – Perch Back In Defensive Midfield?

11:31 am, Saturday, April 7th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 32 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · James Perch · Newcastle News


32 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Cheick will be a miss but i still came see us dropping points to bolton. Perch is looking solid and will be a decent replacement. Glad we don’t feel the need to risk our big players. That would be disastrous

  • 2 mag1519 // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    pretty sure Willo picked up his 5th booking yesterday, no?

  • 3 brighter // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    i think you are right.

  • 4 bigthao // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM


    I think 5 yellow rule has been changed to 5 yellows prior to Dec 31 and you’ll get a ban. If you only have 4 to that period and get a 5th after that, the ban doesn’t happen and will only happen at 10 yellows etc.

    Correct me if i’m wrong someone?

  • 5 Offkey // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    One of the yellows was in a cup game, that changes things doesn’t it – Blackburn

  • 6 Toonboy_84 // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Sorry to go off topic but I see people on here still complaining about simmo. I am just baffled by it. He has been one of the best defenders in the league this season statistically. Even the sun say he is arguably the best rb in the league this season and they never give us any credit.

  • 7 JAMSHA // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    G Obertan Knock 21st Apr 12 H Vu?ki? Knock 21st Apr 12 D Guthrie Calf/Shin Injury 21st Apr 12 F Coloccini Hamstring Injury 21st Apr 12 P Lovenkrands Thigh Muscle Strain Jun 12 L Best MCL Knee Ligament Injury no return date S Ameobi Knee Injury no return date S Taylor Ruptured Achilles Jul 12

  • 8 JAMSHA // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    So marv is back traing?

  • 9 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    The yellow card situation is reset to 0 after new year

  • 10 "Jose Enrique... were in the top 6" (steve) // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Just to clear it up for you lads, Williamson will not be suspended. As bigthao has already said after december 31st your card count is re-set. So unless he has picked up 5 yellows since january he WONT be suspended :)

  • 11 Offkey // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    He has picked up 5 yellows since January – just 1 was in a cup game

  • 12 "Jose Enrique... were in the top 6" (steve) // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Well done HOVIS beat me to it… :D

    Might have to change my name to “Jose Enrique… Were in the top 5″…

  • 13 JAMSHA // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

  • 14 HOVIS (the poster formerly known as cheick norris) // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Perhaps jamsha. Light training?

  • 15 MagpiesFlyHigh // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Totally baffled by the quick counter attacking threads on the blog this morning.

    Good to see Solano back and he and Bill-son at it again. As it happens the truth is somewhere between these two extremes.

    If you two guys can avoid slagging each other then you’ve both got some interesting things to say.

  • 16 ThaiMag // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    This is a probable team vs Bolton if Colo is back
    Simpson Williamson Coloccini Santon
    Ben arfa———–Cabaye———–Ba

    If no Colo

    Simpson Williamson Perch Santon
    Ben arfa———-Cabaye——–Ba

  • 17 jimmymagpie // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Just come in from Benton, having delivered some business papers for my nephew, and paid quick visit to the treatment room to see my physio pal, and it’s like a field hospital in there. Doesn’t look likeTiote will make it for Monday, Cabaye has more of a chance, although is by no means certain. Colo is a possible only, and decision on him will be made tomorrow.If Colo makes it, Perch will move into midfield. If not, and both Cabaye and Tiote are out, God knows what they will do. Raylor and Gosling perhaps. Unfortunately, Vuckic is injured, yet again, and there are serious concerns about that lad’s ability to hack it at this level from a physical point of view.

    24 Dyer8 // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  • 18 Cardboy // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Was at Swansea yesterday, Simpson played well along with the rest. Cisse outstanding and was back defending so good to see his desire, and HBA. Toon army well on form, and Swansea made it a good atmosphere, plenty of singing(apart from their fan with the F****n drum) Great result HWTL roll on Monday at SJP

  • 19 brighter // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    @Jose Enrique

    LOL.Im looking forward to change your name next time.

  • 20 Offkey // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Hope all is well with you Jimmy, I enjoy reading your updates.

  • 21 "Jose Enrique... were in the top 6" (steve) // Apr 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    you never know brighter if the scum do us a favour and man city my name may be “Jose Enrique… were in the top 3″ by monday night.

    Now there’s a thought…. :D

  • 22 brighter // Apr 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    @Jose Enrique

    OK.we have to hope that will come to next monday night.then i will check on your name again.

  • 23 jimmymagpie // Apr 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Offkey – thank you mate, soldiering on. On another course of chemo at the moment, and have had to knock the away games on the head now. Promised the family that I’ll take things easier and only go to the home games. 78 in 2 weeks time, so looking forward to a nice 6 point present from Bolton and Stoke.

  • 24 Offkey // Apr 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Jimmy – Ah well, they have the best of intentions. Being a toon man is never easy at the best of times………..good luck with your fight mate.

  • 25 jimmymagpie // Apr 7, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Cheers Offkey.Time for lunch. HTL!

  • 26 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 7, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Watching the Chelsea-Wigan game live now:

    Ivanovich has just scored the `1-0 when he stood abot 10 meters off-side~! No flag up so the goal stands~!

    What an absolute disgrace~! And Wigan were doing so well !

  • 27 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    1-1! Chelsea- Wigan ! Lets hope it stay like that then we,ll stay in fifth!

  • 28 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Bollocks! 2-1 in injury time!

  • 29 jesperfuglsang // Apr 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I guess there is a lot of ifs and buts for the game on Monday. Personally I would like to see someone else in midfield than Perch in the absense of Tiote.

    For me he doesnt really add strengh, possession or anything offensive. He has mainly been used in absense of Tiote when our defense has been leaking goals and he has been okay I guess.

    But he was suppose to link the midfield and defense and Guthrie has been doing most of that for him.

    A thank you to Perch, but I would like to see either Gosling or Abeid; of cause if Cabaye is injured as well it another ball game :-)

    As I said there are a lot of ifs and buts at the moment :-)

  • 30 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Apr 7, 2012 at 5:51 PM


    If both Tiote and Cabaye are out i would give Taverner a go in the defence and push Perch into the midfield !

    Anyone know if Collo is anywhere near fit to play?

    There are nothing but IFS and Buts! Correct!

  • 31 jesperfuglsang // Apr 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Jimmymagpie talked about both Colo and Cabaye being very unlikely at the moment.

    He also hinted that the physios at NUFC was concerned about Vuksic in general :-(

    Tiote is definitely out.

    If Colo is still out it will be Perch and Wilo in defense. If Colo is fit and Cabaye is fit I would like to see either. Gosling and Abeid in midfield with Jonas and Cabaye. Is Cabaye out as well shift Perch in there then.

    The ABC strikeforce of Arfa, Ba and Cisse should be unchanged non the less ;-)

  • 32 Brutooon // Apr 8, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Gosling to play CM and keep Perch at Centre Back !!!

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