For one reason or another, Newcastle players always seem to pick up a lot of hamstring injuries, and we are finding out today why Cheick Tiote was not even in the squad on Tuesday night for our game at Huddersfield Town.
Cheick Tiote in action at Sheffield Wednesday
Cheick was late in returning to pre-season training because of his participation in the World Cup with the Ivory Coast, and so far he’s played only 60 minutes of football at Sheffield Wednesday last week.
But the Shields Gazette is today reporting it’s their understanding he has a hamstring strain.
Cheick wasn’t involved in any action in the two game in Gelsenkirchen, Germany over the weekend, and he is not expected to be in the squad for the home game against Real Sociedad on Sunday, which is our eighth and final pre-season game, in what’s been a tough schedule.
So at the moment it’s touch and go whether he has a chance to play in the game against Manchester City on Sunday, August 17th, and hamstring problems can be dodgy if players try to come back too early.
We expect the Newcastle medics to be ultra cautious with a player who is important to the Newcastle team, and the last thing they will want to do is play him too early, and have him damage the hamstring further and be out for several weeks.
However, Newcastle do have some cover in defensive midfield with both Jack Colback and Vurnon Anita, and Moussa Sissoko played there a lot when he was at Toulouse.
If Cheick cannot make the Manchester City game, we could see newcomer Jack Colback make his competitive debut in defensive midfield a week on Sunday.
Siem de Jong is also out injured at the moment with some kind of toe injury, but we are hoping the Dutchman can start on Sunday against Real Sociedad, and it will be important for Newcastle to keep Siem fit this season.
Siem can score quite a few goals for us with the tremendous skill he has already shown at Newcastle, but last season at Ajax he had an injury ravaged season.
We are hoping that doesn’t repeat itself this season, and we are also hoping we can keep the number of injuries down to a manageable level.
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