Newcastle have both Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor injured with hamstring injuries, and we are again short of center-back cover in the squad, just as we were last season, and we thought the plan was to bring in another center-back over the summer, but for whatever reason we didn’t manage to strengthen the Newcastle squad.
Steven Taylor – has hamstring injury
Steven Taylor has tended to be injury prone over the last three years, so it was asking a lot to expect Steven to go through this season without picking up some kind of injury, and we just have to hope if he does pick one up, it’s not a serious one like the Achilles injury that kept him out of the team from early December last season.
There’s no chance that either player will be fit for Thursday night’s game against Bordeaux at St. James’ Park in the Europa League, but there’ some hope that both can make it for the tough game at Old Trafford next Sunday afternoon in the league.
Fabricio Coloccini has made just three appearances this season, and of course he was injured on International duty, so we hope when we do get him fit, he will not be off trying to play for Argentina again – because if he came back injured – that just wouldn’t be right.
As a precaution, Colo missed the game at Reading on Saturday, and it’s also hoped that Steven Taylor was withdrawn early enough in that game, that he is not too badly injured and could make it for next Sunday.
And when Steven left the pitch on Saturday, Reading scored a couple of goals within six minutes, as James Perch struggled to adjust quickly to a change of position.
This is what Alan Pardew told the press:
“We have been solid defensively and that was the first game we have been got at, mainly because of taking a centre-half off at that time.” “Going from right-back to centre-half is a difficult mode and Perch just got caught out.
“He has been brilliant when he has played there, I have no worries about him.” “Colo isn’t far away. I think for Manchester United we’ll be sweating on Colo and Steven.”
And to be fair to Perchinho he had made a great clearance from Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, with the last kick of the first half, and after the two goals were conceded, he settled down well and had a decent enough game at center-back.
But we really do need to get an experienced fourth center-back into the Newcastle squad – maybe in January?
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