Cheick Tiote is expected to miss just one game tomorrow at Crystal Palace after he injured his groin in the first half of the nightmare game against Leicester City last Saturday.
All being well he will come back into training next week and be available for the home game against Liverpool and his match fitness will not have been affected.
Jack Colback – back in training
And Steve McClaren had some good news about our best holding midfielder Jack Colback who has been out with a knee injury since the Sunderland defeat on October 26th.
McClaren said Jack’s been back in training for three days and Steve said he would even be available for the game tomorrow – but it’s very doubtful he will play at Selhurst Park.
In fact it would be a shock if he is named in the side.
But certainly by the following weekend when we entertain the Reds at home a week on Sunday he will be ready then and we need the best team we can field against a Liverpool team that has been in good form since Jurgen Klopp took over just a short seven weeks ago.
It hasn’t taken Klopp long to start making a difference at Liverpool.
The other good news is that Karl Darlow is available again, but the bad news today is that Massadio Haidara has picked up a serious knee injury on Wednesday and he will be out for four months.
The Frenchman will have surgery on the knee next week.
And Steve caused some confusion when he said in his news conference that Mbemba will be back in training next week – he must have meant Mbabu.
So he will not be in the line-up at left-back tomorrow – we had him replacing Paul Dummett for tomorrow’s game.