Cheick Tiote is now back in training at Newcastle after recovering from his calf muscle injury, but it’s not clear from what Alan Pardew has said today, that the Ivory Coast International will actually start the game tomorrow against Norwich City.
Cheick Tiote - not quite 100% yet, although he’s back in training
Alan Pardew could play Vurnon Anita, James Perch or 18 year-old Gael Bigirimana in the defensive midfield role, usually filled by Cheick, and maybe Gael will get the nod, after playing so well against Maritimo on Thursday night, and being our Man of the Match with 52% of the vote.
The Newcastle manager may well revert to playing Anita in defensive midfield, and James Perch at right back to add experience to the team.
This is what Pardew said about Cheick Tiote today:
“I think he’s one of those players who doesn’t actually train unless he’s 100%.” “It’s just whether I feel that he can play, or whether my sports science guys tell me that he’s got 90 minutes.”
“I don’t like playing players unless I feel they’ve got 90 minutes or a good 70 minutes in the locker, and I think he’s probably just shy of that.” “I think he’s definitely done with the injury and he’s ready to go.”
Looking at PhysioRoom.com web-site, it looks like Tim Krul, Fab Coloccini and Danny Simpson could be fit to start training next week, and maybe be fit for the next league game at Reading a week tomorrow.
We have to hope that’s true as Newcastle still have 6 games to play in the next 15 days, and we end up at Old Trafford in the Premier League two weeks tomorrow.
That’s going to be a tough schedule, and we need as many players as possible, fit and ready to go.
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