There was bad news last night that Coloccini has returned from the Argentine World Cup squad with a muscle injury, and there’s a chance we should know later today just how bad the injury is, although the initial prognosis seems to suggest he could miss the vital game at home to Liverpool on Saturday, a game he also missed in April when our defense was non-existent, and we were 2-0 down after just 17 minutes, but we leaked another four goals in the second half.
Coloccini in action against West Ham
We’re not sure our defense is much better this season than last, and we didn’t bring any new defenders in during the summer, but at least Mike Williamson seems to be in good form at the moment, and Steven Taylor is fit again, and maybe this will be a great opportunity for the local lad to show what he can do for Newcastle.
Fabricio was pleased with the win at Cardiff last time out, and this is what Coloccini told the Shields Gazette:
“We’re playing for the manager, each other and the fans,” “We’re focused on the next game.” “We hadn’t been doing our jobs very well, but we got a win and three points at Cardiff.”
“We played very well in the first half, but we looked a bit tired in the second half,” “I think we kept the shape and worked hard, and that’s why we took the result.”
“I think all the team worked very well in defence and attack. That’s very important, and it does make a difference. When all of the team defends well, that makes a difference.”
The 31-year-old was on the bench again against Peru on Friday night, and he will in Newcastle today, where a further prognosis will be made on the captain, so we should know later today just how bad the injury is – and at the moment there may be a small chance he can make the game.
But Newcastle will not take any chances with their captain in case playing will make a bad situation worse.
But we’re not sure central defense is strong enough at Newcastle, and we would have liked to have seen a center-back come in over the summer, but that didn’t happen, and there’s no news Newcastle are after defenders come January.
If Colo does not play, it’s likely Steven Taylor will get the nod over French International Yanga-Mbiwa, now that he is fit again, and it will be only Steve’s second game this season, having been injured again with a hamstring injury.
What do you think – here’s a chance to vote for who should come in on Saturday if Colo doesn’t make it?