CHEIK Tiote’s expected to be fit to face Tottenham Hotspur – despite limping out of Newcastle United’s win over Chelsea.
The midfielder was forced off early in the second half on Saturday with the score still goalless.
Stand-in skipper Tiote – who was replaced by Vurnon Anita – handed the captain’s armband to Yohan Cabaye before leaving the field.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is confident he will be fit for Sunday’s visit to White Hart Lane, where club captain Fabricio Coloccini could also make a welcome return from injury after missing the last four games.
“Cheik’s fine,” Pardew said.
“He’ll be OK. He’ll train Thursday.”
Tiote – who had played 120 minutes against Manchester City three days earlier – watched from the bench as goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy gave United a deserved 2-0 win.
The captaincy, handed to Tiote in the absence of Coloccini, has brought the best out of the Ivory Coast international, who struggled for form last season.
However, Anita’s performance has given Pardew a reminder, if any was needed, if the Holland international’s ability on the ball.
The 24-year-old midfielder, signed from Ajax last year, impressed after coming off the bench. He set up United’s second goal, scored by Remy, with a superb piece of skill.
Meanwhile, Coloccini – who has been sidelined with a groin problem – will step up his training this week.
Pardew is hopeful he will be available to face Tottenham, though Steven Taylor, his defensive colleague, might not be fit until the home game against Norwich on November 23.