Some good news on the injury front today from Alan Pardew, that Cheick Tiote will be available for the game with Norwich City at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, and Fab Coloccini is scheduled to begin training on Monday, after recovering from his hamstring injury, although he will not make the game on Sunday.
Cheick Tiote - in action in last game against Spurs
And the other good news is that Papiss Cisse, who had a virus, is now fit to start training this morning, and the Senegal striker is also available presumably for the game on Sunday.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Cheick is training today.” “Papiss will train today too.” “Colo is coming back and will train on Monday. Suddenly things are looking a lot better.”
“Colo is definitely out of the Norwich game.” “I am not sure about either Tiote or Papiss yet.”
Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez are also available for Sunday, having not traveled to Madeira for last night’s game.
Coloccini could be available to play in the Capital One Cup game at Manchester United next Thursday night, but if he doesn’t make that game, he should be available for the game the following Sunday at Reading.
And of course Vurnon Anita should also be available for the game on Sunday, after being allowed to leave the squad in Madeira, when his girlfriend went into labor with their child.
There is no news on how Danny Simpson is coming along but he cannot be more than a week away from returning to training after damaging a hamstring in the home game against Atromitos.
So it’s very good that more players are now coming back to help Newcastle with their tough schedule of six games in the next 16 days.
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