ALAN Pardew is sweating on Cheik Tiote’s fitness ahead of Newcastle’s visit to table-topping Manchester City on Saturday, writes MILES STARFORTH.
And the Magpies have already been forced to rule out Sylvain Marveaux.
Gabriel Obertan is also doubtful, but Shola Ameobi will be back for unbeaten Newcastle’s toughest game yet in the Premier League.
Tiote has missed United’s last three games with a knee problem. And Danny Guthrie – who has deputised for the midfielder – is again on standby should he fail to prove his fitness on time.
Marveaux, Leon Best and Yohan Cabaye also suffered groin injuries in Newcaslte’s last game against Everton.
Pardew has revealed Marveaux – who missed most of last season with an abdominal injury – will won’t be in his squad, but striker Best and midfielder Cabaye will be fit to take on City.
Obertan, meanwhile, is recovering from the toe infection which kept him out of the Everton game, while Ameobi joins his younger brother Sammy in the squad after returning from a hamstring problem.
“Marveaux’s definitely out,” said Pardew. “Shola will be involved – he’s back to fitness, so that is good news for us.
“We’re still sweating on Cheik and Obertan.”
Cabaye played 90 minutes for France against Belgium in Paris last night, and was expected back on Tyneside today to join preparations for the fixture against Roberto Mancini’s league leaders.
The midfielder sat out Friday night’s game against the United States.
But France’s medical team passed him fit for the Belgium fixture, which was a goalless draw.
Pardew said: “We think that Cabaye will be fine.”