Newcastle boosted by Tiote return

Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has returned to training after injury and could be in contention to feature in Saturday’s game against West Ham United, the Newcastle Chronicle has reported.

It represents a timely boost for the Magpies, who despite winning their last six games in all competitions, have a number of absentees in central midfield. Vice-captain Siem De Jong has hardly featured since joining from Ajax due to injury, while Ryan Taylor and Mehdi Abeid will be doubtful for the game at Upton Park after suffering problems in recent days.

Tiote has had a stunted campaign so far, making only four appearances without scoring. Manager Alan Pardew would have preferred to ease the Ivorian back, but the injuries to others mean that he could play on Saturday despite not being fully-fit, alongside the recently out-of-favour Vurnon Anita.

Meanwhile, De Jong is also back in training, but still appears to be some way off a return to the first-team, having suffered a significant knee injury in September. The £6m man is hoping to make his comeback in the New Year and add to his three appearances for the Tyneside club.

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