This season has not started off too well for Newcastle, and news today that our captain Fabricio Coloccini has actually sustained another hamstring injury, while on International duty in Argentina.
Coloccini at the Argentine training camp
It may be more serious than first thought when we reported the news last night, and at the time we said that Colo would miss the Argentine game on Friday night against Paraguay with a muscle strain, but it was hoped he would be fit enough for the game on Tuesday night against Peru, in the World Cup qualifying games.
Newcastle contacted the Argentine FA today and they have been told about the injury, and not surprisingly they would like to have our medical staff assess the injury.
We said last night the right thing to do would be to have Fab return home so he could be checked out by the Newcastle medics, but it seems he will still be staying with the Argentine squad, as we previously reported last night.
Don’t forget that when Fabricio returned from the International friendly just three days before the Premier League season started last month, he missed that first game with a hamstring injury and didn’t play for Argentina either.
The Argentine FA have released the following statement on their web-site about the Newcastle’s captain today:
“Fabricio Coloccini has a hamstring injury in the femoral biceps of his right leg. He will travel with the squad to continue treatment with the team doctor.”
Some other web-sites are reporting the injury is fairly serious and he could be out for six weeks, but if that’s the case why would he be staying on with the Argentine squad, and not returning immediately to Newcastle for treatment?
If he’ staying with the Argentine squad there must be a reasonable chance he can play on Tuesday night – or we would assume that.
We have to hope it’s not bad news on Coloccini, but we suppose Mike Williamson can come in and get the job done, or maybe James Perch would be preferred alongside Steven Taylor.
And certainly James got the job done against Tottenham in that first game – as he usually does when he comes into the first team these days – whatever the position is.
We’ll just have to wait to see if Newcastle release anything additional about the injury tomorrow, since they will have presumably been told the extent of it.
Here’s hoping it’s not serious.