Fabricio Coloccini had a scan on his injured hamstring yesterday.
Fab Coloccini - a grade 1 tear of the hamstring
And the news is that he could miss only two games – against Liverpool this Sunday at home, and against Swansea the next Friday, away in South Wales.
The news from the scan was that the Argentine had suffered only a grade 1 tear, which means Colo could be back in time to face Bolton at home on Easter Monday – 9th April.
Strains are graded 1, 2 or 3 depending on the severity, so Fab has the least severe hamstring strain.
Grade 1 consists of minor tears within the muscle, a grade 2 is a partial tear in the muscle and a grade 3 is a severe or complete rupture or separation of the muscle.
That was the really good news Newcastle wanted to hear, and in the next two games, James Perch will have a chance to show what he can do in central defense for the side.
He performed admirably at Brighton in the FA Cup in that position, where he was the Man of the Match in the 1-0 defeat in the FA Cup 4th round tie.
Newcastle could have had a chance to blood 17 year-old center-back Remie Streete in Colo’s absence, but Remie, the Wor Jackie winner this year for the best U18 player at Newcastle, is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
And James Tavernier can also play there, but the impressive young defender is currently out on loan at MK Dons, with Alan Smith.
This is good news on Coloccini.