Don’t Play Coloccini Today If He’s Not 100% Fit


Alan Pardew has stated that Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini would play through the  pain barrier at Brighton and Hove Albion tonight, but that doesn’t sound good to us.

Fabricio Coloccini – don’t play him if he’s not 100% fit

It’s true that Coloccini played with back pain at Bolton Wanderers in Newcastle’s 2-0 win and he seemed to suffer no after effects after doing that, but it’s always dangerous when a player plays with an injury and plays through the pain barrier, as the saying goes.

I’m not a Medical Doctor but pain in the body is there for a reason, and we had enough of Graeme Souness playing players who were almost fit, when he managed Newcastle around seven years ago.

And because of Graeme playing players half fit, we had one of the worst injury records in the Premier League, and the loss of those players eventually cost Souness his job in February, 2006.

But Alan Pardew has also said he will not play Coloccini if it could effect him being ready for the games at Blackburn and at home to Aston Villa in the next eight days.

But it’s hard to make that judgement before a player plays, because you never know how the injury will play up during a game.

Although it may make Newcatsle’s job tonight at the Amex  Stadium this afternoon a bit harder, we’d rather see somebody like James Perch come in alongside Mike Williamson, than risk having Fabrico injured and  miss a few games.

The manager had kind words to say about his captain today:

“He’s been brilliant for us. Long may that continue.” “He played at Bolton when he shouldn’t have played after his back flared up in training and he had a spasm.”

“It just goes to show you he will go to any length to play if he can.”

That’s certainly true that Coloccini has been outstanding this season,  but don’t play Coloccini if he isn’t fully fit, and also let’s make sure we get in a back-up center-back,  before we play Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening at Ewood Park.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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168 comments so far

  • ToonIcon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    i wouldnt risk him especilly as we’ve got important league games coming up we need to win to make the europa league outright

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  • Stuart

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #2

    If he’s not fit dont play him, simple as that. I’d rather lose him for one game than the injury flaring up today and losing him for say 5.

    1 game with Perch at CB or 5, your choice lol.

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  • phizzyJ

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Not worth the risk, we should be strong enough without him to still dominate the game to be honest. Im feeling very positive this year about our fa cup chances! Want to show other clubs and potential transfer targets that we can get towards winning plenty of trophies!

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Have ended up with spare ticket for toon end today if anyone wants one ( and can meet near Brighton train station ) I’ll be in Duke of wellington from about 14:00

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #5

    still got that ticket ? how much im about 45 mins away ill have it

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  • JackButler

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #6

    I would not risk Colo and that shows up just how badly we need a centre half, especially when there’s a chance that simpson could be moved into the middle.
    It is nice being linked with the likes of Zaha but only if he comes in with a centre half

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  • SurefootedShola

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Enrique with his customary casual error in dangerous areas. Overrated.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    We should have had a new CB the first week of Jan let alone going into the last few days of the window without a new one, this would have been a good game as their first game for us.

    Chelsea given a soft pen to go ahead!

    Enrique mistake (lol) for man U equaliser.

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  • JackButler

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Wolves are said to be after Best on loan for the rest of the season?
    Please Pardew keep Best and ship Strolla out on loan, even if it means paying Wolves to take him

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  • spitfire_

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Mike Dean is a disgrace! And again in favor of Chelsea…What thing is the coincidence.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Pardew needs to shuffle that back line today without Colo – he needs to know what we’ve got if he does get a long-term injury and I know he wants the cup but todays the day for experimenting methinks. Anyway I am no convinced we go all out for the cup at this stage its much more of a long shot for eufa than holding our own at the top of the prem. If we get through today and start boiling down to the last 8 then I say take it seriously and go for it.

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  • richard

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #12

    mactoon agree although i feel we should have got a cb in during the summer. weve always been vunrable there in the event of injury or suspension

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #13

    @ mindshaft get back to me ! realy need that ticket

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  • JackButler

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Jose is really having his ear chewed by both Agar and Sktle, same neither of then stopped the runner from scoring?

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Ticket gone

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  • CurlyColo

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #16

    i’d rather see Kadar play than Perch if colo is out

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Really want the bindippers to knock Man ure outtoday, then they will be struggling with two cup runs and the league, which will knack them somewhere along the line, hopefully they will end up winning the league cup, but get knocked out of the FA and slide to 8th in the table. Result!

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    shame i would have paid you good money and a few beers on top im gutted going to have to watch it on espn

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Demba – now you know why he’s called mind shaft! Just a joke sorry hope you get in there today.

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  • MacToon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Richard, I know, it’s rediculous we have no credible cover at CB and if perch plays there today who is cover on the bench?

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  • mindshaft

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry mate

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Just gutted as i live just down the road ! we sold out straight away i was on the phone for a ticket and we turned down 800 extra seats thats whats pissed me off the most

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  • richard

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #23

    macttoon i think kadar is way out of the reckoning reports the other day reading and cologne were interested in him. think we will get someone on loan. sols free. only jokig bad one at that rather have perch

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    as long as we win ill be happy ! any one watching man u liverpool game fans are disgusting

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  • Lachu

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    lets atleast go back for that ridgwell guy ..

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #26

    anyone else think prioritizing the FA cup over the League is a pretty stupid move? the FA cup is a long, drawn out competition and we’ll be in the draw against teams like chelsea and pool/manu

    I’d rather have the satisfaction of knowing we earned it through our league position, WHICH we’re more than capable of if we stay focused.

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Lets have samba ! go get him mike

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #28

    smacks of last year when pards said we could win it and we go out to Stevenage. Even if we drop two points in the league because Pards is trying to put all his eggs in one basket, that could be the difference between 6th in the league and 7th, or even higher for that matter

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  • Demba_Ba

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Pardew knows the league is more important he is just firing up the players for the game if collo is not fit he will not play !

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  • Lachu

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #30

    @ Matty..such remarks are mostly meant for getting the players fired up and mind games aimed at opposing teams .. also with Liverpool possibly winning Carling it makes qualifying for europe thro league a lil tough now

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #31

    mattyNUFC – hear, hear! I hope Pardew isn’t punting to become the new Messiah by getting a trinket in the broom cupboard cos he’ll be shooting himself in the foot if we get knocked out, injuries to top players and finishing 12th.

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  • cheikmate

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #32

    can anyone tell me if the game on espn is being shown on freeview today ? i know its free if u have virgin media

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #33

    demba ba

    all conjecture so i’m just going on what pards has said to the press. hope you’re right…..though i think pardew is desperate to prove himself and he thinks winning a cup will do it…..would love it but like i said, two points dropped because (god forbid) colo picks up a knock and we’re forced to play with perch or someone clearly not capable of playing CH at this level, we could look back when we’re out of the cup and in 7th and just missed out on Europa League qualification by a c**t hair. I’d be pretty downtrodden

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #34

    lachu

    but it clearly backfired in the worst of ways last season. not only did we suffer one of the clubs most embarrassing defeats but we lost Tiote last year for three matches….and i think it’s fair to say Tiote’s importance last year was miles ahead of his relevance this year. It was a debacle, to say the least

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  • mattyNUFC

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #35

    ….and whether those remarks are for “firing up” or otherwise, wonder what MA thinks about that when a higher league position is the difference between millions upon millions of pounds more

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  • ToonIcon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #36

    rumours from FC Twente is Mclaren is trying to block Douglas leaving this window as he believes he can get him to agree a new contract which douglas hasnt so far Mclaren rather lose him on a free in the summer the chairmen would rather sell this window as would ease the financial strain at the club
    I think we will wait till the summer and sign him on a free

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  • SurefootedShola

    Jan 28, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Imagine this team:

    _______________Krul_______________

    ______Saylor____Samba____Colo______
    Santon__________Tiote__________Jonas
    __________Ben Arfa__Cabaye_________
    __________Cisse_____Ba

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  • richard

    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #38

    league for me, the cup is a bonus, one hard away draw and we probably go out. don to luck of the draw

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  • LenDixon

    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #39

    I hate all these racist pr1cks in football these days. Evra and Ferdinand get abused by thick sh1t players and as if that wasn’t enough, ‘fans’ abuse them after their racist players get punished, sending bullets in the freaking post! what a society.

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  • toonashwin

    Jan 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #40

    i would like to see
    harper
    simo,willo.santon.raylor
    benny,guthrie,abied,jonas
    oberton,best

    sub:cabaye,goslin,lkrand,colo,krul,strola,perch

    sugestion pls

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