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Cheick Tiote Struggling To Be Fit – We Don’t Think So

There’s a report in the Daily Mail this morning that Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is struggling to be fit for the game at Manchester City on Saturday.

Cheick Tiote – should be fit for Saturday

The Mail is reporting that the Ivory Coast midfielder has a medial ligament injury,  and has spent this week working with the club’s medical staff to get fit for Saturday’s important game.

But that news is hardly consistent with what the 25 year-old talked about to the local Newcastle press yesterday.

Cheick said he was looking forward to the game on Saturday, and the following is some of the things he said yesterday, which seem to suggest he is fit and ready to go:

“We’re not afraid.” ”The manager will make sure we are right for the game, tactically, physically and mentally, and if I am selected to play I will be doing my absolute best to keep our good run going this season.”

“It is always disappointing to miss international matches, especially the important ones we have just had. But I had no choice really but to stay in Newcastle and get fit, and that’s exactly what I did.”

So we’d surprised if the report in the Mail today has much truth in it, although Alan Pardew will probably shed some light on the matter when he talks to the local press this week, as the build up to the game starts, following tghe International break.

The other good news last night was that Yohan Cabaye played the full game for France in their 0-0 draw with Belgium in Paris, and seemed to come through the game completely unscathed, so he should be ready to line up for the Magpies in central midfield on Saturday.

If either of these two players cannot make it, Danny Guthrie is standing by, and there’s also a chance that Alan Pardew will start Danny regardless of the fitness of Tiote and Cabaye.

That would be to reward him for the three very good games he has had filling in for Cheick Tiote, and  Alan’s view that if you come in do very well, you can keep your place.

And on another topic, we see that Yven Moyo made his debut for the Congo last Friday in the side’s 5-0 win at Sao Tome E Principe, when he came on as a sub after 73 minutes.

And then last night Moyo made another appearance after just 42 minutes, as Congo were held to a 1-1 draw by the same side at home.

It’s always nice to see our players, especially the youngsters progressing to the International scene.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    I am not too sure about tiote, last year he handled toure,de jong and barry all by himself. would be a big miss

  • TS -77

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #2

    So looking forward to this game! The starting 11 I would like to see Pardew field are the following:


    Simpson – Saylor – Coloccini – Raylor

    Ben Arfa – Tiote – Cabaye – Gutierrez

    Ba – Best

  • blissna

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    Ts-77 I agree with that team. It’s a troubling choice who to pick for RW tho.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #4

    TS-77 – Almost agree with that, cept I’d start Ben Arfa upfront along side best and play Gosling on the right! Played there alot for everton, did well, he’d give Simpson more protection than Benny would!

  • Bao Zheng

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t forget Perch, comes on as 89th minute substitute and steams over to thank de Jong for his contribution to the game with say a scissor tackle around knee height.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Bao Zheng, id hate to see that! we’re not that kind of club! personally id love to see our lads just 1 pace ahead of de jong, let him fly himself into tackles and miss by a mile each time!

  • TS -77

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Wasnt too sure about Ben Arfa on the right but I want to get him up in speed – We have an incredible player on our hands here! Just needs games now..

  • cyprus

    Nov 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #8

    ts, that line-up will concern city!

  • dave88

    Nov 16, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9


    simo colo s taylor santon
    guti cabaye tiote r taylor
    best ba


  • traceline

    Nov 16, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    I never believe a word the Daily Mail print…. in which case I look forward to Cheick playing a blinder

    Also – wouldn’t it be nice if De Jong crocked himself just after kickoff? #StuffThatDreamsAreMadeOf

  • frankie

    Nov 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew has been on TalkSport this morning apparently. Stated that we were going to set out to take game to them and not sit back. Both Tiote and Obertan may feature although Tiote is the more likely.


    Nov 16, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Arfa to score against man city 😉 jonas on right arfa on left

  • lordjoesnow

    Nov 16, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #13

    If Ben Arfa goes down to a De Jong ‘tackle’ will the referee get confused and send de jong off. That would be some beautiful justice, especially if it was for a penalty and Ben Arfa gets up to take it and smashes Joe Hart through the goal. And then Man City have to replace their goalkeeper but don’t have Shay Given anymore because they wasted him for 2 long years!

  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 16, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #14

    I was reading one of the pre-match things online and a manc had the cheek to say “their thug tiote better not injure silva”! I was fuming.


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