We had guessed earlier today that Alan Pardew would not play Fab Colo at Swansea on Saturday unless he was 100% fit, and in the manager’s press conference this afternoon, Alan hinted there was no reason to play Coloccini on Saturday , since we now have French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa available to play at center-back.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa very likely to start at Swansea
Pardew said that Colo was still a major doubt and that he had injured his back with that acrobatic overhead kick ain the first half on Sunday, and Alan said there was not a good reason for a center-back to have to do one of those – but he said the Argentine International was trying to get the team out of trouble on Sunday.
This is what Alan Pardew had this to say about his captain this afternoon:
“I think he’s doubtful but there’s a chance he could play. He’s someone now who we’ve got good options for if he’s injured, and we didn’t have that at all until Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa arrived.”
“It is doubtful for Coloccini, I think, for Swansea and, if you’d taken him and Tim out of the team six weeks ago we wouldn’t have a chance of winning this game.”
“But, as it is now, we’re a different proposition. We’ve got much more strength and of course we’ve got a chance of winning without them.”
It seems that we’ll see a Stephen Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa central partnership again at the Liberty Stadium – and it will be very interesting as to how well they play together.
And Alan Pardew said it would be good to get the win at Swansea, so we can keep them in our sights, and all 3 points would leave us only 4 points behind Swansea with 10 games still to play.
If we can win on Saturday we can certainly catch the Swans before the end of the season.
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