Tiote Pulls Out Of Internationals, Cisse Still Bothered By Screws

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.

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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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14 comments so far

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #1

    The emergence of Aarons and Obertan in particular, and also Sammy and with Cabella adjusting more and more to the demands of the league, is starting to make the Benny saga look more and more like an ennui that should have ended three seasons ago.

    I suppose it would have had the young lads emerged earlier. What a waste of time and talent that was. You get the feeling that we’ve just lucked out here a bit, and this counter attacking at pace game plan is just timely happenstance turned to out of desperation. When we perhaps should have been recruiting the players to play this way years ago.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Excellent analysis in hindsight there, I hasten to add. Ha!

  • Graeme

    Nov 7, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #3

    P45DUE has probably no excuse not to play a barely unchaanged team on Sunday!!


    Nov 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #4


    Yes, but the question is, “Will he do that”? Or will he revert to type ?

  • toonincheek

    Nov 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #5

    The game agaiunst WBA will be more like the Leicester game.
    WBA will not come onto us the way Spurs, ManC and Pool did, so we are likely to need a different setup.

    We need someone like HBA to create something out of nothing, running at/through defenders.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 8, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Gouffran isn’t slow and neither is Rivierre, but the problem is all EPL fullbacks have pace too. With the exception of Dummett who somehow gets the job done without it. Still haven’t figured out how he was capable of marking Sterling and Navas out of games. But anyway, Obertan and Aarons have that extra yard, which if it can be harnessed correctly, will frankly make them world beaters.

    I used to play fullback, at a modest semi professional level, and if I was up against a direct winger with reasonable ball control who had real pace, which didn’t happen often cos they were quickly going places, I’d be beside myself, and more than once would end up getting sent off.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 8, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #7

    2-1 sunday to the Toon! I would be pleased with a draw though.

    I see injuries are striking once again.

    This squad is certainly going to be tested these next couple of games.

    I’v got confidence in Gouffran if selected, I believe he might show some competition for places and grab a goal after his little rest.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 8, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #8

    I feel as though Gouffran and Rivierre would have something to offer if paired centrally in attack, with ideally say a midfield pairing of Sissoko and Tiote behind them, and two out of Aarons, Obertan, Sammy or Cabella wide.

    I think we have the dynamism and depth to set up in a 442, but with a Gouffran, Peres, or DeJong dropping off and playing between the lines to link up play, like Man U did under Ferguson, behind Cisse or Rivierre, without leaving them isolated.

    I think Gouffran should be looked at as an option centrally, and now we have the depth to do it.

  • GeordieDan

    Nov 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #9


    Gouffran (who never scores) and Riviere (who looks like he never will score) up front???

    Gouffran “should be looked at as an option centrally, and now we have the depth to do it.”

    (Can’t believe I’d missed the prolific, phenom that is Gouffran)

    Play De Jong??

    What medication/planet are you on???

  • Sliema

    Nov 8, 2014 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Jimmy smith

    A 2 game run at ST for Goofy would be his final chance to prove he can do it.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 8, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #11

    What medication/planet are you on???

    The one that recognizes Gouffran does score, and has scored when played centrally, and the one that also recognizes that Rivierre has contributed for top teams when played up front in tandem with another. And the one that would play DeJong at 10, when fit of course, or does that need explaining in crayon?

    And you?

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 8, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #12

    For the record though, my preferred central striking pairing would be Peres and Cisse, but Gouffran and Rivierre would surely be a legitimate option to have as back up, and quite possibly far better than having Gouffran wide, although Rivierre may be more capable out there.

  • cyprus

    Nov 8, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #13

    We need team rotation to survive in this league and then to kick on. People get injured, we need different tactics. J is making a legitimate point there. I’d definitely give them each a half. It’s not one starting eleven that has given us the recent results. IT IS the interchanging.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 8, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #14

    Bad,bad period for Newcastle.Until Obertan is back all draw games will be perfect but with Ryan(tender)Taylor replacing him we may get something more.It all depends on Parde.Anything else is a mistake.Not Sammy,not Sissoko on the wing.It will be suicide.And if Aarons doesn’t play (and I don’t believe in that because he is always injured and always play)that will be a problem plus.Then we can clearly say that we are WITHOUT wingers except Ryan(tender)Taylor but he can cover only one side of the pitch.


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