It turns out that when Cheick Tiote was taken off in the second half yesterday at Cardiff City, he had suffered a calf strain, and it is now touch and go whether he will be fit for next Saturday’s first game of the season, at home to Tottenham.
Cheick Tiote – in action at Swansea last season
Newcastle are already likely to be without their other central midfielder Yohan Cabaye for that game, as the French International missed yesterday’s game, and he wasn’t even on the bench.
And Coloccini was taken off at half time, and it seems that he also suffered a knock.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say after the game about his Ivory Coast International midfielder and his captain Coloccini:
“Chieck has a calf strain so we will have to monitor him. We are sweating on him for next Saturday.” “Colo also has a knock but I’m not sure how that is. He is due to travel to Argentina but we will have to assess him, too.”
It’s unlikely that Newcastle will allow Fabricio to even travel for the Argentina game in Germany this coming Wednesday, if he has suffered a knock in yesterday’s game.
And news after the game that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse did not make the trip to South Wales, because they had both picked up slight knocks in training last week.
Newcastle have done well so far in containing injuries over the summer, and we hope the injuries to Tiote, Coloccini, Demba Ba and Cisse are only minor, and that all four will be available for the Spurs game on Saturday.
We also hope that’s true with Yohan Cabaye, but that looks more unlikely.