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Ivory Coast midfielder hoping to be ready for Premier League comeback but knows he faces hard task getting straight back into the in-form side's first XI

Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote has his sights set on a return to the squad against Manchester City on Saturday.

The Toon Army travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and Tiote, who has missed his side's last two Premier League games with a knee injury, is hoping to be fit for this weekend’s meeting.

But the midfielder also praised Danny Guthrie for his performances in the team in the last two games and knows he may not get straight back into the starting line-up.

Tiote told the Evening Chronicle: “It's been very frustrating for me to have missed the last two games, especially as we have started the season so well.

"Danny came in and did a very good job too. He fitted into the team so well. It shows how good our squad is and also that even if I am fit, the manager has options to change the team around.”

The Ivory Coast international insists the team are looking forward to a trip to play against the league leaders on Saturday.

"Going to Manchester City is something we are looking forward to. I think it is our toughest game yet, but we are not afraid of the challenge," said Tiote.

"They were incredible against Manchester United a few weeks ago and have been scoring a lot of goals, but we have the best defence in the league and we hope that will mean we can get a good result."

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