It seems that there is nothing much wrong with Coloccini and Cabaye, who both had to leave the game yesterday with Coloccini being replaced at half time by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – and you couldn’t tell much difference in our defense since both Coloccini and Yanga-Mbiwa are both very good readers of the game.
Yohan Cabaye dispatching penalty – 10 minutes before he was replaced
Coloccini had a back complaint at half time, after he had teed up the ball and performed an acrobatic overhead kick to get the ball away near the right wing corner flag – and that’s’ dangerous when you are 31 years-old – maybe five years ago – but it seems the Argentine tweaked his back a little.
It was a good move by the manager to replace him at the half as a precaution, and Mapou has shown he can play very well at the back for Newcastle – and is strongly challenging Steven Taylor for the center-back berth alongside the Newcastle captain – and he did his claims no harm at all yesterday, after an immaculate performance in the Ukraine on Thursday night.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Cabaye was pulling the strings – it was a shame to lose him. He was feeling a bit dizzy.” “I was really pleased with the performance.” “You start getting those stats when you get a good side – we’ve not had a good side because of injuries and suspensions and perhaps a lack of numbers.”
“We’ve corrected that now.” “Colo’s not that bad. I just told him not to try those overhead kicks at his age. I think that he’ll be OK.” “We’ve had to beat two really good sides this week.” “It has been a great week for us. We have had two great results.”
Yohan Cabaye was replaced by the reliable James Perch after 77 minutes, and Newcastle saw out the remaining few minutes, and Southampton even added to Newcastle’s lead with an own goal, after good work by Davide Santon down the left wing.
We should hear later today what the prognosis is on Tim Krul’s ankle injury – with the preliminary view that he has strained his ankle, and could be out up to five weeks, but he will be examined by a specialist today, so we could hear a more accurate prognosis – hopefully today.
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