Newcastle have been rocked by the news that midfielder Cheick Tiote could miss the remainder of the season after injuring his knee while on African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast.
Cheik Tiote is expected to return to Newcastle's lineup in week 19 after serving a one-match ban.
Newcastle enforcer Cheick Tiote has been ruled out of the clash at Old Trafford on Boxing Day against Manchester United because of suspension.
Alan Pardew confirmed via Twitter that as long as Cheik Tiote has not had any setbacks during the international break, the defensive midfielder will be in the squad this weekend when Newcastle travel to Southampton.
Cheik Tiote suffered a hamstring injury in training earlier this week, and is expected to miss several weeks. He is definitely out of Newcastle's matches against Chelsea and Tottenham.
Cheik Tiote had a stunning goal disallowed for offsides in the later stages of the first half that would have leveled the match with Manchester City, but Newcastle's efforts from then on could not find their way past Joe Hart, as the Magpies fall 0-2.
Newcastle United midfielder, Cheik Tiote, picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Crystal Palace and will miss Stoke City's visit on Boxing Day.
Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote was handed a suspended sentence after he admitted to having a fake drivers license.
Cheik Tiote will miss his second consecutive match with a groin injury. He missed West Ham's visit to St James' Park last weekend and is now ruled out of Fulham's visit.
Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote doubt for their match against West Ham United with 'slight groin stra
Tiote told the Chronicle: "I will be a Newcastle player next season. I want to play here for many years to come. I have a contract here and I am looking forward already to next season."
Russian power Lokomotiv Moscow could be interested in signing Cheik Tiote this summer in a bid to refresh their squad.