The calf injury that Newcastle central midfielder Cheick Tiote picked up while warming up for the Leicester City game is worse than first thought and at his press conference today Alan Pardew gave an update on the injury.
Cheick Tiote in action at Stoke City
Cheick is going to be out for at least another two weeks, so he will have missed a large portion of the season already through injury.
But it does mean that the impressive Mehdi Abeid will continue standing in for Cheick, and he’s played great in the last couple of games.
And Papiss Cisse is still having trouble with the knee that kept him out of action from last April.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Cheick and Papiss today:
“We expect Cheick to have another couple of weeks of recovery, and he won’t be travelling on international duty.”
“We will have our fingers crossed that he could possibly make QPR, but I think the game after against West Ham is a good target for him.”
“We are monitoring Papiss at the moment with his knee.” “I don’t think he’s particularly comfortable with it but he’s training hard and training well, so I think that’s something we need to monitor as we go along.”
“If it’s irritable before a game we might not start him, but that process will end at some point and is not something that will be ongoing.”
Cisse has a problem with his knee because in his operation, he had screws put in his knee to strengthen it.
And he’s been having irritation around the area where the screws are – but it’s not a long term problem as Alan has said, and the knee will eventually get used to the screws being there.
The question is how long will that take?
We would expect Papiss to play some part tomorrow and it may be like last week, where he plays one half and young Perez comes in at the start of the second half.
Cheick is out for at least two weeks, but at least he will not be travelling to join up with the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nation qualifiers – and can continue having treatment in Newcastle.
That’s a good thing.
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