By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
United boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that midfielder Cheick Tiote will not return from injury in time for Saturday's trip to Manchester City.
The Ivory Coast international has formed a superb partnership in the middle of the park with Yohan Cabaye as Newcastle have remained unbeaten over the opening three months of the new Premier League season.
But Tiote has missed the last three games after sustaining a knee injury against Wigan last month, and will again remain sidelined as the Magpies travel to the Etihad Stadium to play table-topping City.
"I don't think Cheick will be involved in this game, but I don't think he is too far away," explained Pardew.
"He may possibly be involved against Manchester United, but not in this game.
"Cheick hasn't played the last two or three but we have done very, very well without him. Having said that, he is a brilliant player and will be a loss to us because of the presence he has, especially away from home.
"Danny Guthrie has been absolutely terrific though - an underrated player in my opinion - and I have no problem with him deputising again."
Wingers Sylvain Marveaux is definitely ruled out through a groin injury, which forced him off last time out against Everton, and joins long-term absentee Mike Williamson (ankle) in the treatment room, while fellow wide man Gabriel Obertan could also miss out once again as he recovers from an infected toe.