There´s some good news for Newcastle today – really we´re not kidding – and it´s that Cheick Tiote injury is not as bad as first feared and he will miss only a single game with the groin strain he picked up in the first half against Leicester City last Saturday in the 3-0 defeat.
It means that Cheick will miss the game at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, but he will be fit to face what could be a daunting task for our players – the home game with Liverpool a week on Sunday.
We could well be taken to the cleaners in that game – especially if our players decide not to turn up for the game for the second time in succession at home.
Cheick Tiote – good news – misses one game
It was a good decision that Cheick didn´t play on when Steve McClaren and the coaches wanted him to see if he could carry on after picking up the injury after only 23 minutes on Saturday.
So who plays in defensive midfield on Saturday is a good question – and it could be between Siem de Jong and Yoan Gouffran who played there for the U21 side on Monday against West Brom – and the Frenchman could get the nod at Selhurst Park.
He did play there against Manchester City and played well enough in the first half, but the whole team collapsed in the second half when we were hammered 6-1 after leading the game 1-0 through a Mitrovic goal in the first half.
Gini Wijnaldum played there last Saturday once Cheick had to leave the field in the first half, but we missed Gini´s attacking flair and goal threat.
Fans are not confident we can get much out of the game on Saturday at Crystal Palace.