Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse at Newcastle, there’s news today that Cheick Tiote is doubtful for the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote – doubtful for Saturday
The news coming through is that Cheick suffered an injury in training earlier this week, and he is currently doubtful for the game in west London on Saturday.
Tiote has done a decent job in captaining Newcastle in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini this year, but his loss on Saturday would be a big blow to the side, who are already weakened because Coloccini and Loic Remy will also miss the game.
Fabricio Coloccini has been out with a knee injury since New Years’ Day, and is not expected to be fit for Saturday, and Loic Remy still has two games to serve of his three match ban for getting himself sent off at Norwich City.
We should hear more on Tiote’s injury from manager Alan Pardew later today, when he holds his press conference for the Chelsea game, from the Benton Training headquarters.
And he is bound to be asked about Joe Kinnear’s dismissal, although he is unlikely to say much about that.
Newcastle do have Dan Gosling who could come in for Tiote, if he doesn’t make it, but the loss of Check will further weaken the side against Chelsea, who seem to be in good form after beating Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad on Monday night.
And Alan Pardew is under significant pressure to get Newcastle playing well again, and picking up some points, after the latest humiliation at the hands of Sunderland last Saturday.
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