Tiote looking to kick on

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is confident he has put his injuries behind him, and is now looking to establish himself as a first-team regular once more.

Tiote had been a mainstay under former Magpies boss Alan Pardew but a knee injury in the second half of last season saw the Ivory Coast international manage just 11 league appearances last season.

Having now overcome that ailment, the Ivory Coast international hopes to force himself into new manager Steve McClaren's starting line-up as they look to avoid relegation this season.

"Every player wants to play every week," Tiote is quoted as saying by the Shield's Gazette. "For me, I’m happy, and I have to continue like that.

"It wasn't easy for me. But I know myself, and I know I have to do everything right and try to work hard to come back. That's what I was doing.

"Now I have to do the same things."