CHEIK Tiote is winning his battle to be fit for Newcastle United’s visit to West Bromwich Albion.
Manager Alan Pardew is hopeful the influential midfielder will recover from a thigh injury in time to face Roy Hodgson’s side.
But fit-again Nile Ranger – who made his comeback from an ankle problem this week – won’t be involved in the televised clash at The Hawthorns.
And the striker – whose spell at Barnsley earlier in the season was cut short by injury – could yet leave the club before the Football League’s deadline for emergency loans expires later today.
Tiote suffered his injury in last week’s defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, and the 25-year-old was a frustrated spectator for Sunday’s 1-0 win over Norwich City at St James’s Park. However, Tiote is running again, and Pardew is upbeat about his chances of facing West Brom.
“Tiote ran again in training,” said Pardew.
“He has a good chance for Sunday for what will be a tough game.”
Meanwhile, Pardew has said that striker Nile Ranger won’t be involved with the first team again this season and may be likely to join Birmingham on loan for the rest of the term.