It has finally been confirmed by the football club that Cheick Tiote is ruled out for the rest of the season.

With the real possibility that the midfielder may have made his last appearance for Newcastle United, that is of course if he is fit enough to move during the summer transfer window.

The knee injury Tiote picked up at the African Cup of Nations has now been operated on, in Qatar…

John Carver confirming the following:

“He (Cheick Tiote) had the operation on Sunday and I would have thought so (Tiote’s season over).

“He is in Qatar because the surgeon from Belgium is the one who did an operation on his thigh when he was at FC Twente, so he is going to stay out there for a little bit of recovery time and then come back.

“Communication is not great at the minute, so we are trying to get more and more but I think he will stay there for a while.”

A bit baffling that John Carver admits to basically not knowing how the player is after his operation. A club asset that is worth millions of pounds has a major operation and Newcastle United don’t even know what is happening.

Qatar is one of the richest places on earth so I’m sure they must have access to a telephone and you would have surely thought that when arranging and agreeing to the operation, Newcastle would have set in place a process as to what would happen afterwards and how they’d be kept updated.

Though apparently not.

For Cheick Tiote, he is a player who has increasingly divided fans and Mike Ashley has surely missed out now on getting the optimum price for a player who turns 29 before next season.

It would appear very likely that fitness permitting Cheick Tiote will surely be moving on in the summer with the arrangement suiting both the player and Mike Ashley, a fresh start for Tiote and one of the biggest wage earners off Newcastle’s books.

On a lighter note, I wonder how many of Cheick’s wives are at his bedside as he recovers – must get interesting at visiting time…