It seems that goalkeeper Tim Krul could be out for up to five weeks with his injured ankle, but it’s not going to be that long for captain Fabricio Coloccini, with his injured back, and he could even be back for the home game at against Stoke next Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini with Alan Pardew
Fabricio missed the defeat at Swansea on Saturday, and he will not be back on Thursday night in the Europa League tie at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, but it’s possible he could line up alongside Steven Taylor next Sunday when Newcastle host Stoke City, in what is an important game for the Newcastle side.
Alan Pardew talked today about Coloccini’s back injury:
“I’m not sure how long it’s going to be.” “I don’t think it’s a long as we first thought, though, but I don’t think Thursday, that will come too quickly.” “Sunday against Stoke is looking more likely but we’ll see how he is.”
The Newcastle manager had already said it would be unwise to play Colo on Thursday night when the side will be playing on an artificial Astro Turf pitch, but it looks like he could be ready for next Sunday, when we must take all 3 points from Stoke City.
West Ham beat Stoke 1-0 on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium, and the Potters will continue to be without Robert Huth, who has been suspended for three games for violent conduct against Philippe Senderos, when he hit the Swiss International in the face with his forearm, during the Fulham game last week.
It looks like Steven Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa will continue in central defense for the game in Russia this Thursday night, when the bookies favor Anzhi Makhachkala to win that game.
But it’s good news on Coloccini this morning.
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