Fabricio Coloccini will miss Newcastle’s next game with Bristol City on Saturday with his groin injury, and Chris Hughton does not intend to allow Fabricio to link up with the Argentine squad next week.
Fabricio Coloccini – will miss Saturday’s game
When Chris Hughton was asked today if Coloccini would be allowed to join up with Maradona’s squad, after Saturday’s home game against Bristol City, Hughton said
“If he’s not fit for the weekend, then no, and he’ll certainly miss the weekend.”
“It’s one I need to check, but from our point of view, if he doesn’t play the weekend, then he’s not going. If we all had a choice as coaches, you’d prefer it if everybody stayed.”
“At this moment Jonas is fit, and it’s his prerogative and privilege to go away with his country.”
We think that Chris may be forced to at least let Coloccini travel to join up with the squad, since that’s what an injured Gutierrez did in the last International break.
But Fabricio will need to have treatment, and maybe that’s why he should stay on Tyneside, since he’s a big player for Newcastle this season in the Championship.
Argentina are now in fifth place in the South American group, a place below automatic qualification, and they have lost lost four of their last five matches.
It would be tragedy for the South American nation if they failed to qualify for next summer’s action in South Africa, but now a distinct possibility.
They are in danger of failing to reach the finals for the first time since 1970.
Chris was asked if he has spoken to Argentina’s under-fire manager Diego Maradona, and he said:
“I’ve not had a call from him, and I don’t expect to.”
And it looks like Ryan Taylor – who has a calf problem – is touch and go for the Bristol City game as Chris said:
“Ryan will be close, but he’s a doubt.”
It will be interesting to see what the situation will be with Coloccini – but obviously it would be better for the Newcastle club if he just stayed on Tyneside and had treatment.