Alan Pardew has expressed his anger at the Ivorian national side for their use of Cheick Tiote during the international break.
Tiote has been ruled out for start of the club season with injury, but he was still utilised for 90 minutes in both of the Ivory Coast's matches during midweek, much to the disgust of Pardew.
The Toon boss says that he had an agreement that allowed Tiote to play in both matches, but he was not expecting the midfield enforcer to play 180 minutes over the international break.
"I spoke to him and thought we had an agreement with his FA that he would play part of both games, but of course he's played a full 90 minutes in both," he raged. "I'm astounded by that."
"I will take him to Southampton because he is important to us, but he won't start, that's for sure. We'll be having words [with Ivory Coast]."
It wasn't like Tiote had too much of an effect for his side either, as they went down 4-1 to Cameroon in their latest fixture.
That is sure to rankle even more with Pardew and the repercussions of the Ivorian's decision to continue to play Tiote remain to be seen.
The central-midfielder was linked with a move away from St. James' Park for much of the summer, but he is likely to play a key part in the season now he has stayed.
The fact that his nation risked him twice is understandably a source of much frustration for Pardew, who is looking to relieve some of the pressure on him and his squad after a poor start.
The fact that Tiote is now unavailable to start for his side against Southampton at the weekend means their task of beating the Saints looks even tougher.
Newcastle are yet to win in the Premier League this campaign and a trip to the South-Coast is an unenviable prospect for the side, especially without their key midfielder.