Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew said yesterday that he expected Mike Williamson, Manu Riviere and Sammy Ameobi to be fit for the game at Spurs, and now he’s added Cheick Tiote to that list.
Cheick Tiote – back at Spurs
The 48 times capped Ivory Coast international was injured in the warm-up to the Leicester City game, and the report was that it was some kind of head injury, and it seems Newcastle did the right thing and showed abundant caution and didn’t play him.
But today Alan has said it was actually a slight calf injury – so we’re not sure where the head injury story came from.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Cheick today:
“We thought he had a minor problem, but we didn’t even have a chance to work him.” “He had had such a long trip to the Congo and maybe it was a blessing that he didn’t play, because the energy he exerted with 10 men.”
” “He just felt his calf was a bit tight.” “I notice Yaya Toure didn’t start for Man City – it probably wasn’t a bad thing that he didn’t start.”
“We know we have got Spurs next week. We won there last year and we are going to try to do that this year.”
Certainly the return of Cheick Tiote to our central midfield will give us both bite and energy at White Hart Lane, and the lads will have to play well to get anything out of the game in London.
But if we can get a point, that would be a good result and give the players even more confidence, and then we can go all out to beat Liverpool in the next home league game the following Saturday – a game that will be a sell-out at St. James’ Park.
And we expect 18 year-old Rolando Aarons to be back for that game, and Ryan Taylor seems to be getting fitter each week, and we should see him drafted back into the first team squad soon.
Things are looking up just a little bit at Newcastle these days.
Howay The Lads!!
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