Missing Coloccini Could Expose Newcastle Weakness

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. 🙁

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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?

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5 comments so far

  • theartfuldodger

    Oct 15, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    We were damnnn lucky to have demba and loic for these seasons. Next season get back to reality and work with cisse and gouffran.

    The 60m tv money at the end of this season will be kept on interest and in stocks and bonds.Until it becomes 100m we wont use it.

  • one Tony Green

    Oct 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    @1 We have never had Loic or Remy playing in the same team

  • toonincheek

    Oct 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #3

    I would play Yanga-Mbiwa before Saylor.
    I know he’s had a couple of bad games – so has Saylor – but he IS quality.
    More what we need against the ‘Pool.
    Someone faster and more intelligent that Saylor.

  • lesh

    Oct 15, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Ah ha.

    Remember the first thing Kinnear did when he landed back?

    Yup, cancel the deal for Douglas! And what happens now Collo’s gonna be out when we play Liverpool. Fear not though, we’ve got Saylor and Willo’s silky skills to fall back on.

    Expose weaknesses? Be prepared for another humiliation!

  • lesh

    Oct 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Surpised Mbiwa’s tailing Saylor as a replacement for Collo.

    Saylor’s not an unknown quantity to them and for me we should use Mbiwa because of that.


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