When Cheick Tiote got knocked out by John Obi Mikel’s elbow against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, you would never have thought the Newcastle United midfielder would be fit for the visit of Manchester City on Sunday, but bad news City fans – he is!
Newcastle’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the week was delayed for around ten minutes as Tiote lay on the floor and medical attention was given to the Ivorian midfielder, but it seems that this was for precaution more than anything, as Cheick wanted to get back out on the pitch.
Tiote told the Newcastle United Official Website that: “It was painful but that’s football. I am okay and I’m just thinking about Sunday now. When I was down, my eyes were groggy and I couldn’t see properly but now I’m okay and I will be fit for Sunday.” He even stated that: “I wanted to play on!”
So Cheick was downplaying the incident, but his manager was bigging it up! After the game Alan Pardew said: “A nine-inch gash, 400 stitches, but it’s just a scratch to him,” which judging by the picture below is something of an exaggeration.
Above, Cheick was back at training yesterday alongside Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and co. and below you can see Tiote’s scar on the side of his head, with stiches and all…
Not quite nine inches long!