Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping that he will have captain Fabricio Coloccini back, hopefully on Saturday against Liverpool, and Colo is back in training again after his back problem.
Fabricio Coloccini – hopefully back on Saturday
In the 11 games since Coloccini injured his back on February 24th, we have won only three times, and only twice in the league against Stoke and Fulham, and we need some wins in our last four league games of the season to ensure we are safe.
We are really hoping that Colo can start playing again on Saturday, but if not then he should be available for the next game at West Ham a week come Saturday.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Colo today:
“Colo is training. He hasn’t done full physical training – that’s due to come, hopefully, this week.” “We are fingers crossed because obviously, that would be a big boost for us to have our captain back, for sure.”
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has filled in well for the Argentine, but of course he just doesn’t have the Premier League experience of the captain – so quite honestly the sooner Colo’s back for Newcastle the better.
And there is still a question surrounding Coloccini’s future at Newcastle, and we are still hoping he will stay on and compete the remaining three years he has left on his contract – but we don’t know if the situation has changed from what it was in January.
And if Colo does return on Saturday, we have a feeling that Alan Pardew could move Mapou to left back in place of 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, simply because Mapou’s greater experience.
Yanga-Mbiwa had a great game at right back in the home game against Metalist Kharkiv in February, and he can also play at left back.
If that happens, it’s hard luck on Massadio, who has looked an excellent left back in the making, when he’s played for Newcastle.
We could also have Cheick Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux back on Saturday too – which will be good.
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