We had written a few times since last week, that we thought Fabricio Coloccini could be out a lot longer than most people expected, and only this morning we wrote the following:
The groin injury to captain Fabricio Coloccini is a bit of a blow to the Newcastle side, and we have our worries that he may be out quite a few weeks, but we’ve really had no information of how bad the injury is, or how long Colo will be out for.
Fabricio Coloccini – out until Christmas?
Unfortunately it’s going to be a lot more than a few weeks, and news tonight in the Independent is that Colo could be out until the end of the year, and since Colo was injured (again) while on duty with the Argentine squad, Newcastle may be due some compensation for the injury, although that’s not clear.
It looks like Fabricio will be out for at least eight weeks with his injury, and this will be the second season running that we will be without the captain for an extended period.
Fab picked up a groin injury last week in South America, and he returned to Newcastle immediately, and there has been no news as to how bad the groin injury is, so we would hope that Alan Pardew and the Newcastle medics will confirm soon, just how long he will be out of action.
Defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is suspended for only one game (not three as we originally thought), after being sent off against Liverpool on Saturday, although Steven Taylor is training this week, and is expected to start at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland next Sunday afternoon.
And it would also appear that new vice-captain Cheick Tiote will get an extended run as the Newcastle captain, and certainly the Ivorian had an excellent game for Newcastle on Saturday, after he was preferred to Yohan Cabaye as stand-in captain by manager Alan Pardew.