Cheick Tiote Unlikely To Start Tomorrow Against Norwich

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 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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4 comments so far

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Tiote is the one player we miss the most when injured

  • BigKirky

    Sep 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Supatoonkid, I got it from Sainsburys first day last year as well but I had to spend about £30 on beer i think it was to get the game for about £25.. Hmmm or that may have been year before, I can’t remember. Maybe paid full whack last year, but I’m sure I’ve had to buy beer with it two years in a row. I don’t want to chance it hawking round the shops as the petrol money will start catching up the cost of the savings so settled for £35 on day of release.

  • toonincheek

    Sep 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Chiek never seems to come back quickly from what seem to be fairly minor injuries. Plus – he seems to take 2-3 games to get back to his best.

    At least now we have Anita and Bigi to take on the role, although I fancy Perchiño will be there tomorrow. Anita is needed at RB at the moment and it a bit too much to ask Bigi to take on the role, especially after playing on Thursday.

    Hope Anita doesn’t get cheesed off playing at RB, as it’s not his favourite position – at least he should get more chances to bomb forward if he’s RB.

  • markp

    Sep 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I hope anita plays fullback and perch/bigi in midfield. We looked way more solid against everton after that change and I honestly believe it was one of the things that helped us turn the game.


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