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NEWCASTLE v Arsenal: Cheik Tiote returns to boost Alan Pardew's midfield

04 Feb 2011 16:11:14

NEWCASTLE v Arsenal: Cheik Tiote returns to boost Alan Pardew's midfield

Cheik Tiote returns from his three-match ban as Newcastle return to action against Arsenal at St James' Park for the first time since Andy Carroll's departure. Shola Ameobi is out and will undergo surgery next week to repair the cheekbone he fractured during Wednesday night's 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Fulham. Tough tackler: Tiote (left) has impressed in his first season at Newcastle Manager Alan Pardew will make a late decision on central defender Fabricio Coloccini, who has a hamstring problem, with former Arsenal centre-half Sol Campbell standing by. But Ryan Taylor (ankle) Steven Taylor (hamstring), Dan Gosling (knee), Alan Smith (ankle) and Hatem Ben Arfa (broken leg) remain on the sidelines. Provisional squad (from): Harper, Krul, Simpson, Perch, Ferguson, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell, Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Guthrie, Vuckic, Richardson, Lovenkrands, Best, Ranger. CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEKEND TEAM NEWS IN THE BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE  Explore more:People: Hatem Ben Arfa, Sol Campbell, Andy Carroll, Alan Smith Places: Newcastle


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