Alan Pardew could have three players back on Saturday, for the very important game against Liverpool at St. James’ Park, but it may be that only one returning player actually starts the game.
Cheick Tiote – back against Liverpool
The three are Cheick Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini and Sylvain Marveaux, and that order is probably indicative of who is most likely to play, with Cheick seemingly ready to start the game.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Cheick:
“I think Cheick has a really good chance.”
Newcastle top center-back and captain Fabricio Coloccini has been out with a back injury since February 24th, when he did his back in, and that’s over eight weeks and eleven games ago, but it doesn’t look like he will start against Liverpool, since he doesn’t start training until Thursday:
This is what Pardew said about his captain:
“Colo will train on Thursday or Friday,” “To have him around will be a boost.”
With Fab already missing the last eleven games, he may not play more than three more games for Newcastle, before he leaves Newcastle for Argentina in the summer.
There’s no new news on the Colo situation – other than his family continue to be back home in Argentina and Colo’s on Tyneside.
And there’s not much on Sylvain Marveaux, who has a groin injury – so it may be doubtful that he’ll be available for Liverpool – a club he almost joined two years ago – before Newcastle swooped in to sign him in June of 2011 – as a free agent.
And no news on Davide Santon and his hamstring injury – and he’s probably out for the season.
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