Cheick Tiote has been ruled out for the rest of the season with the knee injury he picked up at the African Cup of Nations playing for Ivory Coast – who won the tournament – beating Ghana on penalties 9-8, after the score was 0-0 after extra time.
Cheick Tiote in Ivory Coast colors
It turns out that Cheick has had an operation on the knee in Qatar, and head coach John Carver has said that’s it for Cheick for the rest of the season:
“Cheick Tiote had the operation on Sunday and I would have thought his season is over.”
“He is in Qatar because the surgeon from Belgium is the one who did an operation on his thigh when he was at FC Twente, so he is going to stay out there for a little bit of recovery time and then come back.”
“Communication is not great at the minute, so we are trying to get more and more but I think he will stay there for a while.”
Surely it cannot be that difficult to get in touch with Cheick in hospital in Qatar, and here is another case of Newcastle’s unwillingness to invest in the transfer market last month costing us.
We now have Tiote, Paul Dummett, Siem de Jong and Steven Taylor out for the rest of the season with injury, and no reinforcements brought in.
That came after we sold Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Roma and loaned Davide Santon to Inter-Milan last month, and as we suspected, there has been no move to recall Davide.
Maybe that’s because Newcastle didn’t have that clause in the contract, and it’s certainly not an impressive way to be running a football club.
Cheick has had a very poor season for Newcastle and has appeared only 12 times, and has been injured a number of times this term.
But Newcastle have Mehdi Abeid and Ryan Taylor now fit, who can deputize for the Ivorian.
Arsenal were said to be after him last summer, and Cheick was interested in the move, and now the likelihood is that he will be sold this summer – to the highest bidder.
Cheick has played 130 times for Newcastle since signing on from FC Twente in August of 2010 for £3.5M.
He scored only one goal but it that tremendous equalizer against Arsenal in the famous 4-4 draw in February of 2011 in the greatest comeback in Premier League history, after Newcastle were 4-0 down after 25 minutes of that home game..
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