Newcastle Star Returns Victorious But Injured


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 afcon

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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13 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    This is all very interesting………..

    But isn’t Pardew BRILLIANT!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Feb 10, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    No, he isn’t.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    ^ sorry – Carver took over my PC!

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  • optimistic prime

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Firebug

    If it’s a nightmare how can I be awake 🙁

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  • nut meg

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Lilo
    The caddies use a foot wedge to move the ball to try & give you a better chance of a clean strike.They think It’l make you feel better which in turn will increase the chances of getting a bigger tip at the end of the game……..It usually works over here ha ha.
    Stick with bonny lad, it’s a fantastic game,very difficult mind & frustrating as hell but being a toon fan It’s something we’re well used to.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    nut meg,
    Yeah, there are a few of us just starting to play, which makes it better. I played a round with a couple of mates last week and one of them played off scratch back in Ireland before moving here 18months ago. He does’t play much out here, but it was pretty demoralising as he smacked it straight down the fairway, and then delicately clipped it on to the green.

    Will have to stick to my beginners rounds from now on I think!

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  • nut meg

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Lilo
    Ha ha, I know,It’s gut wrenching isn’t it. . It only takes one good shot to bring you back to the course for more……..very addictive.

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  • martoon

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #8

    The thing I don’t understand is that as soon as Tiote was injured he should have returned to NUFC for treatment. It obviously is quite a serious injury so it must have been apparent he wasn’t going to play again!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #9

    martoon,
    Yeah, I mentioned that at the time. I’m sure someone else could have picked up his medal for him. We play City soon, he could have just got it off Yaya or Bony!

    Not sure whether it was the Ivory Coast who said he couldn’t leave, or Tiote who didn’t want to though, so wouldn’t want to apportion blame on anybody.

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  • martoon

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe & Nut meg – I was never very good at golf but I enjoyed playing it. However the thing I found the most demoralising was when you were behind a junior who was about 4′ 6″ and could drive the ball straighter and twice the distance I could – it’s all about swing and technique rather than strength 🙂

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #11

    martoon,
    Shame then that my swing is poor and I have neither technique nor strength! It is good fun though, and much cheaper learning out here then if I was to do it back in England! I couldn’t stomach paying the fees back in England to suck at something! Not to mention the weather being far nicer to play here then in England!

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  • Obertan's better than Messi

    Feb 10, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s not easy the communication …

    It has NEVER been easier ..

    SMS message, email, a mobile call.
    The bloke has three ways of contacting the club in his pocket.

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  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Feb 10, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #13

    That photo of Yaya Toure doesn’t half look a lot like his brother, Kolo…

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