Newcastle United’s Cheik Tiote is ruled out of Goodison clash

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CHEIK Tiote has been ruled out of Newcastle United’s visit to Goodison Park.

The midfielder suffered a calf injury in the opening game of the season, and has been sidelined for the past four games.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew had hoped to have the 26-year-old available to face in-form Everton but Tiote won’t be risked, and the Ivory Coast international is now pencilled in for a comeback against Chris Hughton’s Norwich City at the Sports Direct Arena on September 23.

“He won’t play on Monday night,” Pardew said. “But he’s a lot better, and he’s got a good chance for Norwich we think.”

Combative Tiote’s absence will again be keenly felt by Newcastle, who took four points from their opening three games and qualified for the group stage of the Europa League.

Pardew added: “You’re talking about one of the top Premier League players in my opinion. In my view, he’s one of the top 10 Premier League midfielders, and it’s a big hole for us.

“But we have a lot of good players still haven’t been seen at this football club yet.”

Teenager Gael Bigirimana is expected to take his place.

There was sone good news for Pardew, though, with Shola and Sammy Ameobi fit to play.

The brothers are yet to kick a ball in anger this season, having both suffered hamstring injuries in pre-season.

Shane Ferguson, also yet to play for Newcastle this term, made his comeback in a Northern Ireland jersey on Tuesday night.

“We have both Sammy and Shola back,” Pardew said. “Plus, we have Shane Ferguson back.

“We’re keen to have him. Fingers crossed for him, because he hasn’t done a lot of work. He’s come back OK, and we’re really pleased.”

Haris Vuckic is also available having recovered from a groin problem.