Fabricio Coloccini has been out with a hamstring problem for most of the season, and the Newcastle captain has only played four times for the club so far this season.
Coloccini leads Newcastle out at Cardiff pre-season – a game we lost 4-1
But we are hoping that he is ready to lead the side out against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, in a game that will be close, but that Newcastle must do well in, to make up for a fairly lackluster start to the season.
His Argentine compatriot Jonas Gutierrez has been the stand-in captain this season while Fab’s been out with injury, and Gutierrez is hoping the big man will be back for Newcastle on Sunday, as he had this to say to the local press today:
“Now hopefully Colo will be back.” “We have a good two weeks to be fit, and it’s really important for us.” “We know that the players like Perchie – James Perch – and Willo – Mike Williamson – have been doing fantastic jobs.”
“We know as well we don’t have a big squad, so we need all the players back.”
Indeed Newcastle should be able to start a strong side, and although Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic are out with long term injuries, we could see the return of Colo, Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson on Sunday.
That’s good news – and those are some of Newcastle’s very best players and we’ve certainly missed them, even though it’s true that Perch and Williamson have done good jobs under very difficult circumstances.
Things would have been even better if we hadn’t lost both Haris Vuckic and Dan Gosling in the U21 game at Villa Park a week yesterday, but that’s how things go in football.
Let’s hope the lads can get the win we all want to see on Sunday afternoon.
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