Some potential bad news this morning on Fabricio Coloccini.
Coloccini – back spasm causing concern
In an area where Newcastle have very scant cover, it is being reported this morning that the Argentine International has suffered a back spasm, and that is threatening to rule him out of the Old Trafford game this afternoon.
And Alan Pardew has called up 21 year-old Hungarian youngster Tamas Kadar, who is now said to be on stand-by to face Manchester United.
Mike Williamson is out until late December at the earliest, and Newcastle were always going to be short of center-back cover if either Steven Taylor or Colo were injured, so this could be really bad news for Newcastle today.
Pardew has called upon a back specialist to travel to Manchester last night, and he will be checking on Colo early this morning.
Tamas Kadar has only just broken back into the first team squad, and captained the Reserves last Tuesday in their 4-0 defeat against Everton, and he was looking to go out on loan in January.
He has played for both the Hungarian full International side and the U21 side recently, and has played at least once a week and more over the last several weeks, so he is at least not short of match practice.
Tamas Kadar – on standby
Kadar was signed in January of 2008, and in his first two and a half years on Tyneside, played 16 times for the first team, all during the Championship season, but since then has only appeared a couple of times, having had significant injury problems over the last eighteen months or so.
We have to hope that Colo can recover and at least start the game, but of course he shouldn’t be risked much either, since we need to keep his absence down to the bare minimum of games, if at all possible.
Of course this could also be a huge opportunity for Tamas Kadar, if Colo cannot play, and if the 21 year-old gets the nod in front of James Perch, and in the past he has looked solid when he has played ion the first team, but it’s a big ask against Manchester United.
It had even been assumed that he would in all likelihood be leaving Newcastle in the summer, when his four year contract runs out.
This is the type of news we don’t need today about the Newcastle captain.