Coloccini Will Miss Three Games With Hamstring Strain

Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini suffered a hamstring injury in the first half of today’s game at West Brom and could be out for three weeks or so.

Fab Coloccini – out for three games

Fab was injured during the first half,  and at first we thought Davide Santon would come on immediately, after he had warmed up,  but the Newcastle captain lasted until half time.

And then Santon came on at left-back and James Perch went into the middle alongside Williamson and both lads played well in the second half.

Alan Pardew talked to the press immediately after the game, and said he thought the Argentine would miss two or three games, and that’s a big blow to Newcastle, no doubt about that.

But the good thing is that the game are now just one a week so if he’s out three weeks the maximum number of games he will miss is three.

The next crucial games are Liverpool at home next Sunday afternoon, and then Swansea away and then Bolton Wanderers at home.

Coloccini will be a huge miss against Liverpool next Sunday, and we half expect Kenny Dalglish now to possibly start Andy Carroll alongside Luis Suarez in that game.

The other good news is that Fabricio is usually a quick healer,  but James Perch will now go alongside Mike Williamson in central defense, and Davide Santon will come in at left back.

Time for these lads to step up to the plate for Newcastle, and we hope that Cheick Tiote can be back for Liverpool too.

There is no word yet on how bad Papiss Cisse is injured, as he was taken off on a stretcher after 79 minutes in today’s game with what looked like a thigh injury.

Papiss scored a great brace in the first half today,  and now has 5 goals in just 6 appearances – what number does he wear again? 😀

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 25, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #1

    Cisse had cramp in both legs Ed, Pardew said so.
    Devestated about Collo, he’s our rock, no doubt, i’m scared for Perch and Willo for obvious reasons. Perch been strong as DM and LB today, but yet to be strong as CB.

    4-3-3; Apply overwhelimng pressure against Liverpool, we won’t be tight enough to play like today.

  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #2


    What I was suggesting in the last thread was to keep Perch at LB and try Santon at CB. What do ya think?

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #3


    We should play 4-3-3 again and attack liverpool, I agree.

    Exactly like today, try to keep the ball and work our way through, then if we loose it, win it back and hit them quickly on the break.

    Keep our 3 forward so they can’t over commit to attack us.

  • toonking

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    is there any news on raylors fitness because maybe he could go LB which he has did quite a lot this season or if it is too risky we could bring him on if we are ahead at half time
    guthrie- santon or Raylor

  • nobby sol

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #5

    simpson williamson santon perch
    HBA guthrie tiote Cabaye Gutierez

    probably the most sensible formation for the liverpool game

  • Dannyo

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s a possibility, but seeing that Santon is still working on his defending, i’d worry about him drifting off his position, as it’ll be even more vital in a CB role to communicate properly.
    I can’t look past Willo and Perch on this one tbh. U’d have big and strong + quick and nimble. It’s an ok combination, i just don’t trust Willo’s judgment. However, those are the two with experience in the role as CB. Streete is out, so we won’t see him, Kadar is just no from Pardew.
    Back 4 for Liverpool:
    Simmo – Perch – Willo – Santon.

  • toonking

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #7

    as for them fixtures until now i thought swansea would have been hardest but now it looks likely to be the easiest as they have a simular style to arsen

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Dannyon from alst thread.

    Think you got it on the head with Guthrie. he looks really unsettled and has done since Tiote came back and took his place immediately.

    Not good about Colo. But we with Ba and Cisses help in defense we will hopefully be able to hold it together.

    I will expect a far more reserved performance against Liverpool next week without Colo.

    Think the key to the game next weekend will be Cabaye. if he has the same work rate as today it’ll be a good watch.

    And you can bet it’ll be a battle between Cabaye and Spearing for sure.

    Need to attack their left side. Who ever said about switching HBA to the left might have a point. Their RB looked very suspect yesterday.

    Today we played


    I think we may have to tighten up top next week and shift Ba and HBA more into the centre.

    Jonas will also we instrumental next week with his defensive work rate.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I would start to take Kadar in to account now. Perch in CB is a no go for me!

    I would even call upon Tav if it comes to that.

    4-3-3 for the rest of the season except against Citeh and Stoke 🙂

  • nufc786

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #10

    i dunno why but i kind of want shola to play CB againt liverfool i dont know why

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Guthrie also played very conservative today compared to the rest of the team. Played horizontally

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    I think liverpool with play a 4-4-2 against us.

    Can see them wanting to get carroll on if we have perch at CB. The key will Gerrard as always, if he is fit he influences games so much. Suarez may be technically good but offers very few goals and as a team they don’t score many.

    We just need to make sure we attack like we did against west brom….if we get 3 liverpool will struggle to match us.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Also I just want to say

    Rich_toonfan and Dannyo deserved mentions for knowing what they are talking about.

  • Dannyo

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #14

    He looked ok against Norwich, but he’s been poor in a sub role, and not too busy again today.
    I belive in the lad, but lack of contract talks can be unsettling, i’m resigned to lose him at the end of the season, and he looks to have decided that himself too at times.

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Tiote will need to stay glued to Gerrard.

    I think it is vital we mark him out of the game because since he came back this season (and destroyed us) he has been class.

    I think HBA or Jonas could easily drawn Enrique into fouls. Depending on ref I can see a sending off next week. It’ll be heated, Liverpool will be desperate and we will want to prove a point to them.

    Not gonna like Suarez diving from Willo and Perch chanllenges though.

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #16

    why drop cisse nobby-sol?

    and Kadar has no chance, he doesn’t train with the first team so no chance he will have much understanding with most of the players really.

    Kadar is obviously not getting picked for a reason, pardew has given a chance to vukic, abeid, fergie, sammy….even if its just a coule games.

    Kadar is definitely doing something wrong imo.

  • American Toon 13

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Don’t want to be overly optimistic, but I fully expect us to win against Liverpool and at worst a draw. Here’s why:
    Liverpool has suffered 8 of its 10 defeats away from home
    We have only lost twice at home all year
    Liverpool (based on last two games) is realizing they have nothing to play for besides the FA Cup, they will be uninspired
    We have everything to play for as we push into Europe
    In terms of form and motivation we should win. And Cisse is scoring for fun at the moment, Ba is due, and Ben Arfa is playing well. Colo will be missing, granted, but we still have Willo as a true centerback. Tiote or Guthrie will do fine, no matter who plays.

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #18


    I think the reason tiote wasn’t risked at all was because pardew knew how much he was needed to combat gerrard.

    The past 2 seasons if you control gerrard you beat liverpool, everything goes through him. they expect him to tackle, score, create….if he is off his game the whole team sufer and you can see them loose confidence.

  • toon-crazy

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #19

    I think my option would be

    Gutierrez because he is good a organising can stick to his position and he can defend pretty well , just don’t trust perch and willo at CB togeather , don’t know why ?

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #20


    Aye dont get me wrong. he wasnt bad today. But comparing his last few performances to when Tiote was at ACON and its a different player. I though he was a beast in midfield back then. Im just hoping that Abeid can step up into Guthrie’s shoes next season if he goes.

    And from what I have seen Abeid do in the past, I really do have high hopes for him.

    People talk about Abeid as a holding midfielder but from when I have watched him he is definitely a box to box man. Sort of like a young more tricky Cabaye (from today and his Lille performances).

    Strong on the ball. Exceptional passing accuracy (Ive seen him pick out some amazing long range passes).

    Vuckic and Abeid are 2 young players that excite me very much. They will definitely be the 2 players i’ll be watching with a close eye in pre-season where Im sure they will be given a chance.

  • toonking

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #21

    guthries contract i believe will come down to weather we get europe next season. Although players do say stuff they don’t mean he said he will battle to help us get in europe. If we do get in europe i can see him staying because with european fixtures in the season players are certain to need rests and although i don’t see the differance between thursday sunday fixture and wed sat fixtures most managers insist that the thursday sunday fixtures are hard so quite often will make changes to the team.

    one thing that concerns me with europe next season is will thiss have an affect on our league form because when i look at stoke and fulham they have done poor in the league this year also the liverfool keep having the excuse of the cup run being the problem with there league form


    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Big miss, but Perchy not looking too shabby

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 25, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Jonas is a massive player for Newcastle these days. Look at how he keeps the ball in the side, what an athlete.

    I’m saying yes to Santon at CB, Perch is a danger in there, he’s better at LB.

  • moonraker

    Mar 25, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Perch will be fine it’s Willo I worry about without Colo looking after him.

    For all the good work the club have done in getting in players, CD was the area they didnt strengthen and we could regret that in the remaining games; which would be a great pity.

    Having said that I doubt that Colo will miss 3 games. If the hamstring had been a tear he wouldn’t have been able to stay on till half time.

    He may even play against Liverpool!
    HWTL 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d love the Europa league like any fan, but it generally murders teams. When you see the quality in teams like Bilboa who ripped Man U the shreds, its a brute to win…

  • north east lincs toon

    Mar 25, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #26

    We’re bolloxed without colo , willo is not prem standard his heart might be in it what about tiote at centre back against liverscum?

  • Brutooon

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Pairing of Williamson and James Perch would be disaster for us against LiverFOOOL

    Maybe play the Italian Under 21 CAPTAIN, Santon at CB !!!!!

  • geordiejamie89

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #28

    I honestly don’t think Alan Pardew had been and assessed Collocini’s injury when he took the interview at the end of the match. It might be that Collocini’s injury isn’t too serious. Hopefully he’ll be back for the game against Bolton at latest.

  • StuW

    Mar 26, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #29

    Well, Pardew will have to play Kadar. The games coming up are not games you will get away with playing makeshift defenders.Kadar is better in the air than Perch, and he deserves one last chance to gain a contract.

  • Dearka

    Mar 26, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #30

    for the next game

    Santon Williamson (Simpson/Kadar) Shane
    HBA——- Tiote —-Cabaye —–Gutierez

  • Marcelinho_Bramble

    Mar 26, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #31

    if we struggle this next 3 games and lose the European place

    will we blame AP for not buying a Centre Back in January???

  • Sav

    Mar 26, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Perch fantastic today. So was Gutierrez. We were better with Colo flying on one hamstring than we were with the reshuffled backline after half-time. Willo is a nugget for heading their first beyond Krul – and that’s exactly what it was – Beyond Cruel.

  • ShanghaiMag

    Mar 26, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #33

    With Colo out I would drop Cabaye, we need the extra protection in midfield and Guthrie/Tiote offers more defensively than Tiote/Cabaye. Then we have to trust HBA, Ba and Cisse to win the game for us.

    Simpson, Perch, Williamson, Santon.
    Ben Arfa, Tiote, Guthrie, Jonas.

    Apart from Ben Arfa, Every one of those players will work hard in defence


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