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Fingers crossed for Newcastle over Tiote fitness

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is hopeful key midfielder Cheick Tiote will be fit to face Norwich City on Sunday. The Ivory Coast international hobbled out of Monday's last-gasp 2-1 defeat by Arsenal at Emirates Stadium late on in the contest.

"Cheick had cramp," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.

"We had no subs left, and we were losing bodies. Demba Ba, for example, could hardly move.

"We're just hoping it was a bit of cramp."

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