Cheick Tiote came off early in the second half on Saturday, and at the time we weren’t exactly sure why he was replaced so early by Vurnon Anita, but he was feeling his thigh, and Alan Pardew replaced him just to make sure he didn’t further damage the thigh muscle.
Cheick Tiote – in action on Saturday
Of course Vurnon Anita took his opportunity to show the manager yet again what a good player he is becoming at Newcastle, now that he is getting used to the physical nature of the Premier League, and he brilliantly set up Loic Remy’s late dramatic goal that sealed a famous win for Newcastle against Chelsea.
Alan Pardew said this about his stand-in captain after the game:
“Cheick’s fine,”“He’ll be OK. He’ll train Thursday.”
Our next game is at Tottenham at noon on Sunday, and Cheick will train on Thursday, and he is expected to be fit for the game.
Of course if he’s not fit for the game at Tottenham, Vurnon Anita is a very capable deputy and in fact is pushing hard for a starting position in midfield, and the Dutchman has always been a very good technical player, but now he gets stuck in, and seems to be improving this season – which is great.
Fabricio Coloccini – fit for Tottenham?
And it seems that captain Fabricio Coloccini will increase his training this week, as he recovers from the groin injury he sustained on International duty, and he may even be fit enough for the game in London on Sunday.
Steven Taylor is still recovering from a hamstring injury, which has kept him out for a couple of months now, but the local lad will not be fit for Sunday, although he may make it for the next game after Tottenham, which is at home to Norwich on November 23rd, after the two week International break.
And that will be a good test for Newcastle, because we will be expected to beat Norwich City at home.
Since there are no games for two weeks, it would be good to get a result at Tottenham next Sunday, although that will be yet another tough game, against another in-form side.
What do you think?