Cheik Tiote back for NUFC trip to Old Trafford

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CHEIK Tiote will be back for Newcastle United at Old Trafford.

The midfielder has missed the last four games with a knee problem.

But Tiote returned to training on Saturday morning as his team-mates prepared to take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium across the Pennines.

And manager Alan Pardew expects the 25-year-old to be available to face their rivals Manchester United.

Winger Gabriel Obertan should also be fit to face his former club after recovering from a toe infection.

And striker Leon Best will be available after missing the City game with a groin problem.

“We heard that Cheik trained very well (Saturday morning),” Pardew said. “That’s really great news for us.

“He would have been an important player. I think he and Obertan will be available for Man United. I really hope so – it’ll improve my options.

“Leon Best just didn’t make it – he trained Thursday and Friday, but just felt his groin. I think he’ll be fine.”