Coloccini Has Broken Two Bones in Back – Out Until May?

There’s a worrying report in the Shields Gazette today, saying that Fab Coloccini’s back injury may be worse than first thought, and he could be out until late April or early May.

fabricio coloccini in action

Fab Coloccini – two bones broken and no treatment

And apparently Coloccini has already flown back to Argentina to be with his family – so maybe that will help the family problem that almost saw him leave Newcastle in January – but he is expected to be back at Newcastle next week – so he will definitely miss the game against Stoke City on Saturday.

Alan Pardew initially said he would be out for two weeks,  but now that’s been lengthened to anywhere between three and seven weeks, and this is what he had to say about Coloccini’s injury:

“Colo has gone back to Argentina,” . “There’s no treatment he can have – he’s broke two of the bones in his back.” “We think it’s going to be anything between three and seven weeks. He’s gone back for a week.”

Seven weeks from today takes us to the end of April, so it’s not exactly into May – and presumably that’s the worst case scenario, although only two days ago he was only going to be out for two weeks.

But that will now give new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, signed from Montpellier in January, a long run in the side – and we’ll see what kind of central defensive partnership they can build together.

We hope neither of them gets injured through – because we only have Mike Williamson in reserve at the moment – and while Mike can play very well for Newcastle, he hasn’t had the best of seasons this term.

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31 comments so far

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Wow! That sounds dubious and coincidental.

  • Rainrix

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Carrying… Yup the thing is who do we get to replace colo? Mbiwa was a fantastic coup i’d hope we could pull another one off and get alderwield.

    After that strikers should be a priority 2 probably and maybe another young CB + maybe a winger. I just hope ashley doesn’t make the same mistakes this summer as he did last year.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #3

    i wonder if guus wants to manage in the prem again? it sounds like hes trying to tap us up haha ; )

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Cant believe this, Shields Gazette ! Hopefully if this is true the club will come out with a statement. If not then hopefully just poor journalism. …. We have had plenty of that.

  • Hebburn Mag

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Isnt this a little bit of a coincidence that when the club manage to bring in a suitable replacement for the CB position, Collo gets injured and then returns back to Argentina…….

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #6


    I’m sure I just intimated that 🙂

  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Hmm, seems he got his wish, definitely agree with Troy.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    No way would the club allow colo to leave unless he genuinely was injured….also can’t imagine anyone would intentionally break their back so nothing in the conspiracy theories for me.

    Hopefully taylor can stay fit for the remainder of the season as he is now a pivotal player with mbiwa at CB.

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Troy calm down fella…..

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Bullshit deflectors needed for this story.

    I can’t imagine which bones in your spine you could break and still walk around.
    Then this injury will be healed and he’ll be able to play top level football in a matter of weeks.

    He pretty much substituted himself seconds before HT if I remember correctly. Looked like he was mentally finished.

    I don’t think we’ll see him again.

  • danuneek

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #11

    He must be seriously brittle to break 2 bones from that overhead kick. No chance…

    My team for tonight:


    I think Sissoko could do a job upfront. I just don’t want to see Bambi bouncing about fouling people. I’d like to see Campbell and Benny in the second half.

  • Rainrix

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    Ah conspiracies on here are always worth a laugh. Player taking too long to come back from an injury? Conspiracy! Being sold! Player not even on the bench? Conspiracy! Sold!

    Its obvious colo is going to leave in the summer anyway. Im with sage i doubt anyone would break their own back just to go home instead of simply binding their time for a bit.

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Transfer Sage. … That’s a big IF in relation to Taylor. How many times does he stay fit for more yhsn 10-15 games

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14


    It was said with a smile 😀

    I’ve just checked on the anatomy website.

    Almost all humans are born with 33 separate vertebrae. By adulthood, most have only 24. This is due to the fusion of the vertebrae in certain parts of the spine during normal development.

    He’s got 22 in tact!! What’s the matter with him?

    He’s only got one broken marriage as well. That’s nowt. Some people like Liz Taylor had 7!

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    hatem better than messi

    It won’t be a clean break but could be small fracture in his spine. These things are painful but not too serious if only small.

    If he had snapped them clean in half fair enough but small cracks can happen and seem like nothing more than a trapped nerve in terms of pain (discomfort and limited mobility but not unable to walk)

    Would the club really let him leave now if they wouldn’t in january?

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    I did a bit of Judo years ago.
    If you are falling onto your back ala Colo that was a near perfect landing.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17


    You’re right there, it is a big if. It will be difficult to keep him fit but a lot of his injuries are freak injuries and not recurring problems.

    He gets a lot as he throws himself around more than your average CB.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18


    It might well be but its difficult to know exactly how he lands, could have tensed up or just landed a fraction out of position. Could have been a tiny bit damaged but the impact of the land made it worse.

    Do you really think the club would allow him to go back for a week and make up a 3-7 week injury when in january they wouldn’t let him go?

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19


    I don’t take that view. If Colo was still extremely unhappy or stressed about his home life then the club may be forced into it. A player who hasn’t got his mind on the job is no good to the club.

    Now they have Mbiwa I’ve no doubt they could come to an agreement to let him go home to sort matters out. He might agree not to get paid for that period.

    If he sorts it out and comes back for next season then its better for the club.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #20


    They will know if he’s mentally losing it.
    He could be seriously sad and depressed.
    I’d be surprised if he wasn’t.
    Not good for the squad long term.

    Perhaps this is just handy fore everyone.

  • Troy Stavers

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #21


    How much are you on per post? I negotiated .25pence per post and agreed to be the highest earner on the blog.

    Ed days you pay him. Is that right? 😀

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #22

    troy and hatem

    I don’t think they would make up a back injury for that though, his form hasn’t got worse since jan so can’t see that a reason to allow him to go.

    He said himself he will focus until summer so don’t think thats an issue.

    Even if he was unhappy I can’t see Ashley or Pardew allowing him to go home for a few weeks.

    Alsp pardew said he is going for 1 week, not staying there the whole time.

    And the injury came in the middle of a game, so if it was a conspiracy surely they would have him ‘injured’ in training and not fake it in the middle of an important game.

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #23

    What bones ? This is really weird. He fell flat on his back from not that high on a grass pitch…. no idea how he could break his back…

    I do mma and fall like that daily….it’s the way you’re supposed to fall… strange to say the least.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    he could have landed on a bump on the pitch or anything…..they wouldn’t make this injury up.

    Be so much easier to announce a muscle strain or something.

  • thepict

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    If I remember correctly, he landed on his feet. Reckon the vibrations going up his spine could be enough to cause a hairline fracture in the vertebrae.

  • Bambams

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #26

    Troy …. Sorry fella been out to the gym so just noticed your comment. Ed pays most of us in beer tokens for our comments, I have been told one or two of the older bloggers get herbal tea vouchers…. I can put a word in for you fella….Wee wee wee all the way home…

  • mendes

    Mar 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    To answer how you can break bones in your back. It is more than likely he has cracked/broken 2 of his spinous processes in his lumbar region. It suggests to me that he has cracked them as that can fix over three to seven weeks. The crack itself may not pose a huge issue but if he has irritated the neural pathways or discs then that can stop him from doing activity. There isnt any rehab/treatment available for a cracked spinous process because of the delicate area it is located. Hopefully this helps

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 7, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #28

    What a bunch of conspiracy theory muppets. Quite simply, the guy has probably cracked ( hairline ) two bones and it has nothing to do with his spine. Do u think the club would make it up/ Muppets.

  • ballerfan2

    Mar 7, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #29

    There is no conspiracy. There could be any amount of relatively small injuries he could have had which nevertheless would prevent him doing any athletic movement. Back injury can be particularly debilitating. Until he is able to move more freely there is little point in keeping him here. Allowing him leave just now is a good move from the club. (Just looking out for the postie with my herbal tea vouchers).

  • Deana

    Mar 7, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Bollocks. Bollocks. Bollocks.
    Not the shields gazette but the PR team that leaked that shit.
    Please…. We are not that stupid, ‘he’s broke two of the bones in his back’.
    I Love Collo but he needs to grow a ‘backbone’, be honest with us and be a man.

  • Pilly69

    Mar 8, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #31

    Let me chuck this into the pot didn’t HBA and Colo have a bust up just before HBA got injured? It seems strange that they both have had injuries that are keeping them apart HBA spending time in France why? And now this with Colo 2 broken bones in your back do me a favour


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