Football - Tiote in contention for Magpies

Midfielder Cheick Tiote could return to the Newcastle squad for the Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.

PA Sport

The 26-year-old, who has missed the last five games because he has been on African Nations Cup duty with Ivory Coast, is available once again after his country's quarter-final exit last weekend.

However, Hatem Ben Arfa's return from a hamstring problem has been delayed by a virus which has cost him a week's training, and he is unlikely to be ready for selection until the end of the month.

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