The Ivory Coast drew with Ghana 0-0 after extra time in the African Cup of Nations final on Sunday, and eventually won 9-8 on penalties after extra time.
And that was the first time the Ivory Coast have won the tournament since back in 1992, when they beat Senegal 11-10 on penalties – again after extra time – with no goals being scored in 120 minutes of play.
Yaya Toure with African Cup of Nations
But Cheick Tiote played only the first two group games for his country, and missed the rest of the tournament with an injury, four more games, and he has not yet returned to Newcastle from Equatorial Guinea.
Cheick has also not been in touch to tell Newcastle how bad his injury is.
It seems that Cheick will not return until tomorrow, as John Carver commented on his defensive midfielder today:
“He’s due back Wednesday,” “We’ll know more when he comes back. It’s not easy, the communication.”
After these AFCON events it’s notorious the amount of time it seems to take the players to return to their clubs, and we suppose even if Cheick was not injured, it would have been difficult to play him tomorrow nightat Selhurst Park.
On the Physioroom.com site, Cheick is listed with an ankle/foot injury, so once he returns the Newcastle medics will need to ascertain just how bad the injury is.
It’s another case of sending players to play for their country and they return home injured – and that seems to happen far too often.
With Premier League players, it could be because the schedule in England’s top league is just too hectic, and players are getting injured a lot more these days than in the past.
What do you think?
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