We should hear some time today just how bad Tim Krul’s elbow injury is, and news today that captain Fabricio Coloccini will be flying home from South America and that he will then be assessed by the Newcastle medics.
Coloccini in training early last week at Argentina camp
Coloccini picked up his injury early last week and has not trained since then, but the Argentine FA admitted yesterday he would not be fit for the World Cup qualifying game against Peru tomorrow night, and has been allowed to fly home.
Nothing is official until the Newcastle medics looks at what is said to be a muscle injury Colo picked up, but it’s feared he could be out up to four weeks, and we’ll not hear anything on Colo’s prognosis until at least tomorrow, as he is flying home today on the long trip back from South America.
The injuries to Tim Krul and Fab Coloccini have been hammer blows to Newcastle, and it’s showing up just how thin our squad still is, after we had all summer to strengthen it – but we didn’t.
Mike Williamson or James Perch will now partner Steven Taylor at the back next Monday at Everton, and usually we would have expected that to be Mike, but James Perch was preferred in the first game against Tottenham, and certainly he can play very solidly at the back for Newcastle, although we may be a little vulnerable in the air.
Just what happens in Europe remains to be seen, since Steven will presumably be rested in mid-week, so we could see Perch and Williamson play in Europe, and it doesn’t help that we’ve already lost Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor, with the latter out for at least six months with his serious ACL injury.
It’s good news that at least James Perch has recovered from his neck injury, and maybe we could even see young Australian Curtis Good in one of the European games or Shane Ferguson who is fit again.
James Tavernier could also get a game, and while all the injuries at Newcastle is certainly bad news, it’s also a chance for some of the youngsters and fringe players to show what they can do for Newcastle.
We have to hope that’s exactly what they will do, and don’t forget we have 7 games in just 20 days starting next Monday night at Everton.
We can still do well, but it’s now going to be that much harder with a number of our top players out injured.
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