CHEIK Tiote fears he’ll miss Newcastle United’s Easter Monday game against Bolton Wanderers through injury.
The midfielder suffered a recurrance of a hamstring problem in yesterday’s 2-0 win over Swansea City.
Tiote was replaced at the break by Ryan Taylor at the Liberty Stadium as a precautiuon by manager Alan Pardew.
And the 25-year-old admits it would be a risk to play against Bolton at St James’s Park, with the Ivory Coast international more likely to return in the home fixture against Stoke City on April 21.
“I don’t want to take any risks and be out for four or five weeks,” Tiote told SportMail.
“I preferred to stop after the first half. We’ll have to see if I’ll be ready for Monday or not.
“If I’m not ready for Monday, I think I’ll be ready for Stoke. It’s a long break, which is good for me.”
Tiote was frustrated to miss two games after suffering a hamstring injury away to Arsenal last month, and he’s philosophical about his latest problem.
“It’s not easy when you miss one or two games because of injury,” added Tiote.
“But I take the positive side. I’m a footballer, and I’ve been fit all my career.
“It’s a bad moment for me, but it’s OK, because it’s not a bad injury. Some players are out for six months or a year.”
Meanwhile, Pardew also has a concern over Tiote’s midfield partner Yohan Cabaye, who left the field in the 73rd-minute with a “knock”.