When Cheick Tiote was being treated on the field for over 8 minutes on Wednesday night, we feared he was out for the season.
Cheick Tiote receiving treatment on Wednesday
Tiote had taken an elbow from Jon Obi Mikel, when both went for a high ball, and Cheick suffered a gash over his eyebrow.
The wound required stitches, but he is ready to play in Newcastle’s biggest match of the season – against league leaders Manchester City on Sunday at St. James’ Park.
And we are just a little surprised at the betting for the game, with Newcastle 4-1 to win it, and City 4-6 on – so maybe it’s another chance to show that Newcastle are a better side this season, than most people realize.
Tiote has today verified that he will be OK to play on Sunday:
“I will be okay for Sunday. I am really looking forward to it.” “It is a really big game and we need to do everything to win.”
“To beat a big club like Chelsea is a massive win for us. We have huge confidence now.” “City are a great club and they have too many good players.”
“It is going to be a hard game for us, but we will do everything to win.” “It is a huge game for both clubs, the biggest game for Newcastle since I have been here.”
It’s interesting that Cheick says it’s the biggest match since he’s been at Newcastle, and come to think of it, he’s probably right.
Cheick has been in top form for Newcastle lately, and his energy and bite will be needed on Sunday if Newcastle are to get the win, but City will also have all their big guns out for this game, which could become the decider for which of the Manchester clubs wins the Premier League this season.
We’re not concerned who wins the league, but we are concerned that Newcastle go all out to win their last two games of the season.
And that starts with our final home game of the season at St. James’ Park on Sunday, and we hope the lads can repay their very loyal fans with another win.
That would be tremendous, and then let the celebrations begin - well at least for a day or two.
And then we’ll be going all out at Goodison Park a week come Sunday, to get all 3 points there too, in our final game of what has been a wonderful season for the Magpies.
Howay The Lads!!