Coloccini Returning Home – Could Be Out Four Weeks

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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14 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Thank you Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew

    We love your wise transfer dealings !!

  • Munster Mag

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Hmmm, beginning to feel that the lack of action in the window is more than a disappointment now, but in fact a major mistake. We’ve had a clear weakness at centre half for a long time – is it too much to ask us to address it?

  • Nufc-83

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Williamson will probably be preffered to perch at everton due to their strength being crossing and the likes of fellani and jelovic around. Even though he is tall i actually think Williamson is weak in the air and will get badly bullied by afrojack.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Well a suppose thats what happens when you dont show ambition and buy players for cover in position we’re short.!!! We will struggle this season to keep up with the amount of games and stay in the hunt for a ‘Top 4’ which Pardew says we want … WILL NOT HAPPEN

  • Geordie1

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I have this awful sinking feeling in my stomach today 7 games in 20 days with a pityful small squad does not bode well even without any injurys we would find it tough however with these injurys I think we might be in for a torid three weeks. I just hope the TOON set out on Monday against Everton with a winning mentalty and that Cisse & BA find their shooting boots are on the right foot. HWTL.

  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Not being a doom monger,but If Cabaye,Cisse,Ba etc dont find a bit of form,we’re gonna struggle.

    All these injuries & it’s only the start of the season ffs.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Wait a minute, here I was thinking most people were happy keeping all of our players ? . Well it has come back to bite them now and Mike Ashleys Aces might as well be deuces now. No-one expected Mike to shock the transfer world they just wanted adequate cover for a team supposedly challenging for the top 4

    . 1 Full back (Debuchy)
    . 1 Center back (not to replace Taylor but good enough for the PL)
    . 1 Young hungry striker to keep Ba & Cisse on their toes
    . We got Anita (1 out of 4 aint bad I suppose 🙂 )

    It would have cost about 10-20 million but once again Mike Ashley is playing high stakes poker with my hometown club and it does not fill me with confidence. I’ll say it again, I am not angry just very very disappointed

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    I think it was ppB who said it a few days ago – sometimes we have to look at the glass half full and not half empty – this is also an oppotunity for the fringe players and the young guns to shine 🙂

    They’ll have to that eventually! It doesn’t mean I am not scared shitless by all this injuries, and it doesn’t mean I didn’t say all along that this might happen hence the reason why we should have signed another CB and forward.

    But sometimes shit just hits the fan and by all means injuries are NUFC’s evil twin 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Just think guys…when the players come back from injuries it’ll be like 10 new signings…

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Ibiza…talking about seeing the glass half full or in your case completely full 😉 lol

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Jesper…The glass is overflowing mate, I may need another 🙂

  • Pushy Pardew

    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    You almost expect Private Frazer to post saying “Were doomed”.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    If we’d had the same level of injuries last season as we had during sourness reign then we’d have been bottom half. The regime is always gambling with the clubs future. The problem is the clubs transfer approach is correct and makes good financial sense but other clubs have to play ball for it to work quickly. I expect we’ll buy in January but by that time the season may well have been damaged beyond repair. The long and short of this is only a couple of signings would have made huge impact on our current predicament. We are where we are. The first thing we need to do is change formation, 451, 433 or 4231. Everton is going to be a tough game. Play cisse up front on this one despite ba scoring IMHO.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    OneAlan…Indeed, we are where we are. As for ST, I would have said Ba, but after Cisse got a goal for Senegal he may have the taste back now, I guess make a judgement call depending on training and attitude.


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