Newcastle star Tiote out of Chelsea clash

STILL MISSING ... Cheik Tiote.
STILL MISSING ... Cheik Tiote.

CHEIK Tiote’s been ruled out of Saturday’s home game against Chelsea.

The Newcastle United midfielder – who has missed the club’s last five games with a knee injury – could also miss the game at Norwich City a week later.

Manager Alan Pardew: “Cheik won’t be involved on Saturday, and I’m not going to say he’ll play a week later.

“We’ve got to make sure he’s right – he’s a very important player for us.”

Meanwhile, striker Leon Best today returned to training after recovering from a groin problem.