Along with Fabricio Coloccini saying last night he thinks he can make the game on Saturday at Norwich, Alan Pardew has said this morning Colo does have a chance to play at Carrow Road.
Alan Pardew – Coloccini is 50-50 for Saturday
That’s been the good and rather surprising news this morning, and we have to hope the Argentine can indeed make the game, but according to the Newcastle manager his chances of playing are no better than 50-50.
This is what Pardew told the local press this morning:
“We’re really hoping that Colo is fit. He’s got a 50-50 chance, we’ll have to see.” “The morale in the camp has been one of disappointment because of the way the game went against Chelsea.”
“And on top of that we lose Steven Taylor, a major blow.” “We’re hoping we can use that to inspire us now and show Steven that we can do it without him. “
It’s Newcastle’s great team spirit which will again be on show on Saturday, and if we can get anything out of the game, it would be a good result.
The initial word on Coloccini’s thigh injury was that he would be out for two weeks, and of course we’ll not know if he’ll make it until the team is announced around 45 minutes before the 3:00 pm kick-off on Saturday.
Depending on whether Colo is in the side or not will determine how good our chances are of getting something out of the game.
But the very fact that both Coloccini and the usually conservative Alan Pardew have said the Newcastle captain could indeed play, gives us a hint that he must have a decent chance of making it on Saturday, which would be tremendous.
A win at Norwich would be a good tonic and have Newcastle keeping up with the top six in the Premier League.
Alan has also said for the first time that it looks like Steven Taylor will indeed be out for the season, after having an operation on his injured Achilles on Monday:
“It’s a real shame for him.” “Everybody is disappointed for him.”
“It’s a blow as I say, but I really can’t see him playing again this season unfortunately.”
It must be very difficult for Steven to take, with all the injuries he’s had over the last couple of years,
But of course he must now concentrate on getting fit for the pre-season, and by that time we have to hope that the Newcastle squad has been further strengthened over the summer.
What makes us just a little bit positive on Coloccini is that he was withdrawn very early in the game against Chelsea, and so limited the damage done to his thigh, but as we said before, we’ll not know if he will play until the team is announced on Saturday.