Cheick Tiote injured his calf during the warm up to the Leicester City game on 18th October, and with Mehdi Abeid being injured on International duty over the weekend, we were hoping Cheick would be fit for the QPR game on Saturday.
Cheick Tiote – still not fit after five weeks out
But Alan Pardew has said today he’s still out injured and will not play, and it’s almost five weeks since he picked up what was initially called a minor injury – so it will be interesting to see who plays in Mehdi’s place on Saturday.
Cheick has made only four appearances for Newcastle all season long, and there was even talk that he could be sold in January.
But with both Tiote and Abeid at the African Cup of Nations starting in early January, that’s unlikely – even if a big bid comes in for the defensive midfielder from an interested club – like Arsenal for example.
And as expected Fabricio Coloccini and Rolando Aarons are also not fit for Saturday’s game – but we already knew that.
If Steven doesn’t play it’s almost certain that Paul Dummett will partner Mike Williamson in central defense for Newcastle against QPR, and we could see 20 year-old Remie Streete on the bench as cover.
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