Newcastle boss Pardew admits Tiote injury concern

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits injury concerns for Cheick Tiote.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits injury concerns for Cheick Tiote.

He also says that skipper Fabricio Coloccini also has a slight problem following defeat to Cardiff City - which Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse both missed.

"Cheick has a calf strain so we will have to monitor him. We are sweating on him for next Saturday," said Pardew.

"Colo also has a knock but I'm not sure how that is. He is due to travel to Argentina but we will have to assess him, too.'

The news on Tiote is a major blow, given Pardew feels he has returned for pre-season in superb form.

"Cheick looks ten times better than he did last year, and I absolutely mean that," Pardew added.

"He did not come back well last summer, if I am honest. However, he has summered well this time and is in great physical shape.

"It is going to be a big season for Cheick. All my, what I would call big players, are important if we are to progress as a team, and Cheick fails into that category. He is in a good place."

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