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Disastrous African Cup of Nations weekend for Newcastle – Three setbacks

6 years ago
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Things could hardly have gone worse from Newcastle United’s point of view when looking at the African Cup of Nations matches over this weekend.

Earlier today we brought you news that Mehdi Abeid was set to make his debut for Algeria, only for a a collision in training to leave him on crutches with a toe injury and reports in France suggesting he will be out for at least a month.

Cheick Tiote may have had to miss this weekend’s fixtures through injury but his Ivory Coast teammates have taken a massive towards qualification for the finals in the new year, meaning the Newcastle midfielder looks set to miss up to six weeks of the middle of United’s season.

Battling with DR Congo for the second place qualification spot, Ivory Coast demolished Sierra Leone 5-1 before group winners Cameroon defeated DR Congo. With only one game left, Ivory Coast and Cheick Tiote are three points and three goals better off than their rivals.

The final part of the disaster jigsaw had Papiss Cisse sitting out Egypt v Senegal, the striker on the bench and not risked after his injury problems.

However, despite staying on the substitutes bench, in his absence Senegal got a stunning away win at rivals Egypt with a goal from Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf. This unexpected win means that Senegal are now four points clear of Egypt and sure of qualification, which they could even do as group winners as they are now only one point behind Tunisia with one game to play.

A desperate weekend for Newcastle with the new injury to Mehdi Abeid and a guarantee now that main striker Papiss Cisse will miss a crucial part of the season in the new year, with Cheick Tiote an overwhelming favourite to join him.

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