Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini will return to training this morning, after pulling his groin in the last game at Eastlands, when he had to be replaced by Sol Campbell in the first half of that game.
Fab Coloccini – back in training today
And the good news is that now he will be available to face Wigan in what is turning out to be a key game for the Magpies, in an attempt to stop a two game losing streak at home.
However, against Manchester City, Sol Campbell came in and played an excellent game at the back for Newcastle, so Chris Hughton will have a selection poser on which two center-backs to start on Saturday.
Mike Williamson has so far played every PL game this season, and has also been in great form for the Magpies.
This is what Chris Hughton said today about the Argentine stalwart, and the increasing competition for places in central defense:
“Fabricio will train today and will be back in contention for Wigan providing there are no further problems. That is a big positive for us,” “But, of course, there is a decision for me to make there. Sol came in and did well and Mike Williamson has been excellent too.”
“Sol is just a good player, so it doesn’t surprise me he’s come in and looked good. Part of the reason why we brought him in was because of that quality and experience that he showed last weekend.” “We were very aware of that when we brought him in. He’s a proven player and we knew that he would offer us that competition.”
There’s nothing wrong at all with having good quality players on the bench, and Newcastle will have that for most of the rest of the season with Danny Simpson, Danny Guthrie and Steven Taylor soon to be back playing again, after recovering from injury.
It’s going to be a difficult task for some Newcastle players to even make the bench in future games, once all our injured players return.
And we’ll not even mention new signing Dan Gosling, who is due back from his ACL knee injury in January.