It seems that the Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini may miss the game at Reading tomorrow afternoon, as Alan Pardew says he’s still not quite right, and if he decides that tomorrow then Fab will be rested for that game.
Coloccini challenges Anderson on Wednesday night
Coloccini played for an hour at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and played well, but when he came off he was said to be very sore, and he may have come back just a little too early from his hamstring injury.
And with Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor currently both in good form, there’s no need at all for Coloccini to be rushed back into the side, although the side has missed his experience since he’s been out.
There’s a lot of tough games coming up for Newcastle and better to rest Colo now so he is fully fit and available for those, which include games at home to Manchester United and away to Sunderland.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Newcastle press today:
“The only worry we have is Colo. He’s back, but we don’t think he’s quite right yet.” “If he’s not right then we won’t risk him.” “Everybody will come back in and they are in good health.”
“Everybody is pushing and available.” “They’re big players for us, and you can’t underestimate that.” “I thought Colo was composed. He reads situations, and does things that to the untrained eye makes it look easy.”
“Great players – like Wayne Rooney – do that, and Colo does that in a defensive way. We’ve missed that knowledge.”
But it seems that Cheick Tiote came through the game at Old Trafford fit and well, and he’s expected to take up his position in defensive midfield, and we think either Vurnon Anita or James Tavernier, who had a great game on Wednesday night, will slot in at right back, in the continuing absence of Danny Simpson with his hamstring injury.
We need all 3 points tomorrow afternoon at Reading.