Last Updated: Sat, 07 Apr 2012 13:32
Cheick Tiote has revealed that he will not risk making the injury he picked up against Swansea any worse by playing against Bolton.
Tiote has had an excellent season for the Magpies so far, with his resilient performances in midfield helping Newcastle to fifth place - and a possible Europa League spot - in the Premier League.
However, the Ivorian picked up a hamstring problem in the 2-0 win over Swansea; the latest in a string of irritating niggles and injuries, which has hampered his season.
But the 25-year-old has no intention of rushing back as he wants to be fully fit and ready to help see the Toon over the finish line.
"I don't want to take any risks and be out for four or five weeks," Tiote told the Newcastle Chronicle.
"I preferred to stop after the first half. We'll have to see if I'll be ready for Monday or not.
"If I'm not ready for Monday, I think I'll be ready for Stoke. It's a long break, which is good for me.
"It's not easy when you miss one or two games because of injury. But I take the positive side. I'm a footballer, and I've been fit all my career."
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