Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul and captain Fabricio Coloccini have been recovering well from their injuries, and although they will not be ready for the game at Manchester City on Saturday, both of them could be fit for the second Europa League tie at Benfica two weeks on Thursday.
Tim Krul – back soon
And that’s good news because we have 12 games left this season at least – and more if we can get through to the semi-finals for the Europa League – and we need all our best players available.
And we’re still not safe yet in the Premier League, and there’s work to do there, before the end of the season.
Tim damaged his ankle ligaments late in the win at Kharkiv against Metalist in February, and that was after he had made four fantastic saves to preserve Newcastle’s 1-0 lead, and of course he was our Man of the Match in that game.
Tim is now back in light training and the target is for him to be ready by April 11th, when we play our second game against Benfica at home.
And the news is that Fabricio Coloccini has been recovering well from his back injury, and is due back on Tyneside early this week, and Colo may even be fit for the first Europa League tie on April 4th.
We should be getting an update on the injuries later this week from Alan Pardew, and as we get our two injured stars back, there will be increased competition for places, which is exactly what we need at Newcastle.
Rob Elliot and Mapou Yanhga-Mbiwa have both been playing well since Tim and Fabricio have been out injured.
But first things first, and we must try to get something out of our league game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – because we’re still not clear of the danger of relegation.
And the good news on Massadio Haidara last week was that he sustained no ligament damage to his knee in that terrible tackle by McManaman, and he is due to play again in early April, depending on how quickly his bruised knee and thigh are coming along.
But that was just excellent news on the 20 year-old left back and a huge relief.
So our injuries are clearing up well, and Ryan Taylor is also back in training, after recovering from his serious knee injury, which he picked up against Atromitos in August.
So things are looking up on the injury front - now we need to start winning games …..
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