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?