There was a report before the game last Saturday at Old Trafford, that Coloccini was a doubt because of a back spasm.
Fabricio Coloccini – in action on Saturday
The news came out just before the kick-off, and therefore the news wasn’t widely reported, but it turns out it was true.
And it turns out that Newcastle’s medical team worked non-stop to get the captain fit for the game after he had a back spasm last Friday during training, and Alan Pardew has today praised the courage of the Newcastle captain.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has come out and sung the praises of Coloccini:
“It was Colo’s bravery that got him out there, and we wouldn’t have got the results without him – 100%.”
“How he played at Man United I just don’t know,” “He could hardly walk off the training field on Friday.”
“His back seized up and the medical team did a fabulous job on him.”
Ad of course Fabricio had another sterling game at the heart of the Newcastle defense in the 1-1 draw to keep Newcastle in 4th place in the league.
Coloccini (and Argentine team-mate Gutierrez) both made their Newcastle debuts at Old Trafford in August of 2008, when Kevin Keegan was the manager, and that also ended up in a 1-1 draw.
And Coloccini’s partner in defense last Saturday, Steven Taylor, who again put his body on the line for the Newcastle cause, had this to say about his captain:
“To work with Colo each day is great for me. You can only learn from him and get better. He’s a great leader for us and the partnership is going really well.”
Newcastle will need to be at their best for the game on Saturday against Chelsea, and they will honor Gary Speed with a fitting tribute to the Welshman before the game.
We’re sure our lads will go all out on Saturday to get the win, which will keep Newcastle in 4th position in the league table.
Howay The Lads!!