Newcastle star Tiote ruled out of Baggies clash with hip injury
10:59 GMT, 24 March 2012
Cheick Tiote is out of Newcastle's trip to West Brom.
The Ivory Coast midfielder is suffering with a hip injury which forced him to miss last week's win over Norwich City.
Out of action: Tiote (right) will miss Newcastle's trip to West Brom
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was hoping the influential enforcer would be fit to play at The Hawthorns but he has failed a fitness test.
Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson has been called up to the squad.
Tiote's absence will be a blow to Pardew as he targets a strong finish to the season. But it enables the Toon manager to make adjustments to a side which has not been at its best in recent weeks.
Last week he surprised Norwich with the selection of James Perch in central midfield, alongside Danny Guthrie with Yohann Cabaye pushed to the left and Hatem Ben Arfa starting on the right. Jonas Gutierrez played at left-back.
Although Perch was arguably Newcastle's man of the match in the win over Norwich, Pardew may be ready to make changes, with Gabriel Obertan and Davide Santon on the wings and Ben Arfa set to return to the bench.