Newcastle boss Steve McClaren ready to throw Cheick Tiote straight back in after injury struggles

Cheick Tiote

HITC Sport understands that the Magpies are eager to have the midfielder available for Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea.

Steve McClaren is looking to throw Cheick Tiote back into action for this weekend's clash with Premier League champions Chelsea, HITC Sport understands.

Tiote, who has been struggling with a knee injury and other niggles, has started just two games this season as Newcastle's medical team struggle to nail down the cause of the player's discomfort.

Weekend reports had claimed that Tiote was refusing to train and was seen problematic figure in the dressing room. HITC Sport understands that Newcastle's hierarchy were furious with the reports.

But now McClaren is ready to take a risk and bring the Ivorian straight back into his team as he knows the role he takes up in the holding role in midfield is not being filled sufficiently.

Vurnon Anita and Jack Colback have struggled in recent weeks, and if Tiote has a chance of playing, then HITC Sport understands that McClaren could very well bring him straight back in

“He’s back out on the grass. He is one of them players that when he’s fit and ready, the team needs him," McClaren told the media on Tuesday.

He also played down the reports regarding Tiote's behaviour, and told the Evening Chronicle: “Cheicky couldn’t cause trouble anywhere.

“He is frustrated that he’s injured and he’s not playing.

“When he’s not playing, he’s not happy. He’s definitely not happy about it. In terms of causing disruption? By no means, he just wants to get fit.

“I have heard the stories and I just laughed because I know him very well. I had a him as a boy at FC Twente and have watched his progress. It doesn’t make me laugh much, but it makes me smile a little.”

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