Cheik Tiote and Shola Ameobi to boost NUFC with return for Everton

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CHEIK Tiote and Shola Ameobi are set to return for Newcastle United at Goodison Park.

Tiote has missed the last four games with a calf problem.

And Ameobi is yet to feature having been sidelined with a hamstring injury on the eve of the campaign.

United manager Alan Pardew felt Tiote would have made a difference in yesterday’s disappointing 1-1 home draw against Aston Villa.

Ameobi would have also given Pardew – who didn’t name a striker among his substitutes – a welcome option from the bench.

However, the pair are pencilled in to return against Everton on September 17.

“Shola has a good chance, and I’m hoping that Cheik has also,” Pardew said. “We have two weeks to get him right.

“That’s what we hope to do – get him fit and strong.

“That was Cheik’s game against Villa – we missed him like nobody else.

“There was a lot of midfielders there, and he’s have bashed a few of them up. That’s what we needed to do.”

Sammy Ameobi and Shane Ferguson are also closing in on their combacks.