The news that Fabricio Coliccini has suffered a muscle strain in his right leg at the Argentine Training camp, and will now miss the game against Paraguay on Friday night was not good news for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew today.
Fab Coloccini – injured again in Argentina
Newcastle did not manage to increase the size of their squad too much over the summer, after we lost Fraser Forster, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Danny Guthrie and brought in only Vurnon Anita, Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good, and the last two are only teenagers.
Jonas Gutierrez thinks it’s going to be a lot tougher for Newcastle this season than last season, and he had this to say today to the local press:
“We have to try to be ready as a team, and to play as a team. We have to be strong as a group and not think as individuals.” “We have a few problems with injuries as well, which is a big problem because we don’t have a big squad.”
“I hope the injured players players come back and recover quickly, but we know that we have Ryan, we have Danny, Shola Ameobi is coming on, Cheick and now Colo too.” “It’s difficult – I think it is going to be a hard season. We need to be ready for all the games.”
“It is different for us because we are in Europe for the first time.” “It’s going to be hard this season. I think the team will have to keep going and keep improving, because the next month is going to be very important.”
“From the start, we did not get the result that we wanted against Aston Villa. We expect to win at home – we expect to be strong.” “Against Aston Villa we lost two points and we must improve as quickly as possible – because if we don’t, then it’s going to be very difficult this season.”
It’s good that Coloccini was recalled by Argentina, but he had to travel all the way to South America for the World Cup qualifying games, and when he was recalled in August for a friendly, he also came back injured and missed Newcatsle’s first game against Tottenham Hotspur.
These Internationals are a double edged sword, and with Newcastle’s squad still far too thin, Alan Pardew’s hair will soon turn white with the worry.
But hang on – it’s already white – come to think of it. 😀
Surely Newcastle should have increased the size of the squad in the summer, so we didn’t still have these problems.
What do you think?