As we expected Fabricio Coloccini will not be fit for the big game at home to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, but the worry is how long will he be out, and this is the third time he has come back from International duty injured, in just over a year – and that’s not good.
Fabricio Coloccini - how long will he be out?
The only thing we knew about the injury until Alan Pardew spoke today at his news conference for the Liverpool game, was from the Argentine medics who had said it was a muscle injury, but more specifically it is a groin injury.
And that’s not good, because if that’s the case we’d be very surprised if Fabricio is fit for the Sunderland game a week on Sunday.
Alan Pardew has given no indication whether it’s a grade one, grade two or grade three strain – with category one being the quickest to repair – but that still takes about three weeks to heal.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today:
“Fabricio’s got an injury – he won’t feature this weekend.” “As to how long he’s missing, we’ll have to see.” “He has a groin injury. We’ll have to see how it repairs.”
And it’s not only Colo who will miss Saturday’s game, but also his Argentine compatriot Jonas Gutierrez, who is in Argentina dealing with some personal matter, so he will also not be available for Saturday’s game against Liverpool.
But the big concern is how long Coloccini will be out – and it could well be longer than we think.
But that’s why we have a squad of players, so either Yanga-Mbiwa or Steven Taylor will get the chance on Saturday to show they should be in the Newcastle side.