Why Newcastle's 28-year-old star may have played his last game for them

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Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote seems to have little time left at St. James' Park.

Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote could well have played his last game for the club after picking up an injury which will keep him out until the end of the season.

Tiote damaged his ankle whilst at the African Cup of Nations and he has had to undergo surgery to correct the persistent problem.

It means that he is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with Newcastle boss John Carver confirming that he would not be available for selection again this campaign. 

Tiote, therefore, is likely to depart St. James' Park without playing for the club again this summer, with interest building in his services.

A host of clubs, including Arsenal, have been linked with Tiote in the Daily Mirror over recent years and his departure seems inevitable now.

The Ivorian was speaking of his need for a new challenge just a few months ago, but this will be a disappointing way for his Newcastle career to peter out.

Tiote has been with the Tynesiders since 2010, but his standards have slipped more recently and it is unlikely that his absence will be too sorely felt.

On his day, the 28-year-old can be one of the finest midfield enforcers in the entire country, but they have been few and far between in the past few seasons and a new start could be good for both player and club. 

If Tiote does not play for Newcastle again, he will leave St. James' Park having made 130 appearances for the club, with his last coming against Leicester City back in January. 

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