Alan Pardew has just given his press conference for the West Brom game,. and it looks as if Cheick Tiote will not play in that game on Sunday, so Mehdi Abeid will continue in the side, and Papiss Cisse is still doubtful because of that knee injury of his.
Cheick Tiote – will not play on Sunday
Cheick hasn’t played since he injured himself in the warm up against Leicester City back on 18th October, almost three weeks ago, and it could also mean that Cisse may not make the 18 man squad for West Brom.
So if both players are not fit to play for Newcastle United on Sunday, we wonder if both players will be allowed to go off and (try to) play for their countries in the African Cup of Nations during the International break?
In the last International break Alan Pardew was rightly upset that Cheick Tiote played two full games for Ivory Coast after he had not played for Newcastle. because of injury.
This could even be an excellent ploy by Newcastle to keep them on Tyneside for the next two weeks so they can both get fully fit – and that would be a good move by the club.
Premier League clubs get a little tired of having their half-fit players going away for the International break, and coming back worse off than they were when they left – because they played for their countries, and made the injury worse.
If both players are not in the 18 man squad for the West Brom game, there’s just no way they should be allowed to play for their countries in the next two weeks.
The disaster scenario for Newcastle would be if they both go away and both play, and end up making their injuries worse, and they then cannot play for Newcastle for a number of weeks. 🙁
What do you think?
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