With Jack Colback looking set to miss out on Saturday, Cheick Tiote is in line to be recalled against Manchester City.
The Shields Gazette say that Steve McClaren will go for the Ivory Coast midfielder to fill the gap in the centre of the pitch, with Jack Colback not having trained all week.
Options are limited with seemingly the other main alternative being to move Moussa Sissoko into the middle and play Gabriel Obertan or Florian Thauvin out wide.
Cheick Tiote has been back in full training the past couple of weeks after getting a reaction to his injury following a return to action in August.
Tiote had been missing from the first team since picking up his injury at the African Cup of Nations back in January, but made two late substitute appearances against Southampton and Manchester United, as well as playing the full 90 minutes against Northampton in the League Cup.
All three games were back in August and Cheick Tiote didn’t feature at all throughout September, even last weekend against Chelsea he wasn’t even on the bench.
Despite this Steve McClaren is likely to bring the 29 year old straight back into the first team for what is likely to be Newcastle’s toughest away fixture of the season at the Etihad.
First team coach Paul Simpson said this about Jack Colback earlier this week:
“He hasn’t trained so far this week but we are hopeful that by the end of the week he will be fit to go out. Fingers crossed we’re going to do everything we possibly can, he’s in good hands with the medical team. They’ll be doing everything they can do get him out.
“He is a major concern for the weekend but if he is not able to go out we do have other players ready to go out and play.”
The last time Cheick Tiote faced Manchester City was back in January 2014, when this happened…