Fabricio Coloccini has been out since our tremendous win at Ipswich Town, and we don’t think it’s just a coincidence that the side has done so poorly in his absence.
Coloccini – back Saturday – hair and all
Quite honestly, after last season we never thought we’d be saying that, but in England’s second division Coloccini has looked a strong player and we’ve missed him in central defense.
We’ve also missed Steven Taylor, but at least Coloccini is now set to return for the vital home game against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
And Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Coloccini will be back Saturday and he’s one we welcome back warmly.”
“We’ve had injuries to two big players, to he and Steven Taylor, who I hope is back with us for Sheffield United in the game after Doncaster.”
“We’ve had injuries to two big players.” “We’ve conceded goals, and, as a team, we have to take that on the chin.”
“But this is a big boost to have Colo back.” “That, of course, increases the squad again, and we’ve got to make sure, as we progress this season, we keep those players as fit as we can.”
Hughton also has 18 year-old Nile Ranger pushing for a start with Newcastle finding it difficult to get on the goal trail recently.
Chris continued and talked about our young gun:
“What we have is Nile, who I’ve consistently said is a young player. (well he is)”
“He will certainly get games and minutes this season – there’s no doubt about that.” “Is he capable of starting? Of course, because he’s in the squad.
“We’ve chosen on more occasions than not to use him as a sub, because he can impact a game.” “He’s a lad you like to think is learning as each game goes by.”
We would have no problem at all if young Nile started this game, since he’s work effort is tremendous and he just needs that first goal to start to get on the goals track, because he looks like a natural goal-scorer to us.
He’s an exciting player to watch, that’s for sure.