De Jong wins fitness battle for Villa trip – but Tiote ruled out

KEY MAN ... Siem de Jong.
KEY MAN ... Siem de Jong.
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SIEM de Jong has won his battle to be fit for Newcastle United’s trip to Aston Villa on Saturday.

However, Cheik Tiote is not yet available for Alan Pardew’s side, and has therefore been left out of the 20-man travelling party.

Pardew said: “Siem de Jong has trained all week and will be in the squad for Villa.

“Tiote has been running outside and working towards training.”