Newcastle received some good press for their 3-1 win at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, especially for their fantastic first half performance of fast, skillful and attacking football.
Coloccini congratulates Cisse on Sunday
Of course everything is never perfect, and we lost Fabricio Coloccini at half time with a hamstring injury.
The influential Newcastle captain could miss up to four games, according to manager Alan Pardew immediately after the game, after the Newcastle medics took a look at the Argentine’s injury.
But we will know more today, after Fab gets a scan that will tell the extent of the damage to his hamstring.
This is what Coloccini said last yesterday about the injury:
“I don’t know how bad it is yet. I have a scan on Tuesday. Maybe I will miss the Liverpool game. If it’s a little strain, it will be 10 days.”
“I don’t want to take a risk. Maybe I will get a worse injury if I take a risk and could be out for three or four weeks.”
“In the last five or six games we haven’t played well, but it was a great victory at West Brom.” “I think we’re getting back to our best.”
If it’s only a little strain then maybe Liverpool is the only match he misses, and that would certainly be great news for Alan Pardew and the Newcastle fans.
Our next four league games are at home to Liverpool, away at Swansea, at home to Bolton and then on the road at Chelsea, so there are some testing games coming up.
Fab will not play on Sunday against The Reds, and James Perch will go in alongside Mike Williamson at the back, and if the former Nottingham Forest defender plays like he did in that second half on Sunday, Newcastle should have no worries.
James is carving out a niche at Newcatsle as a good player who can play at center-back, at full-back and in defensive midfield, which could even be his best p[ostion.
The 25 year-old is making a fine contribution this year to Newcastle, and all credit to him for that.
We’ll be awaiting the news on Coloccini later today, and hoping for the very best.