There’s some shock news on Fabricio Coloccini this afternoon, who we thought was still in Argentina, and the news is that he could be fit to play on Sunday afternoon against Sunderland, and that was some of the news coming out of the Alan Pardew press conference this afternoon.
Fabricio Coloccini – could be fit for Sunderland
Only last week there was news that the Argentine’s groin injury was more serious than first thought, and news that he could be out for around eight weeks, so that doesn’t seem to be the case, and this is good news even if the captain is not available for Sunderland on Sunday.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Colo today:
“Colo’s had a really good week,” “We let him stay out in Argentina for another four or five days to let the injury settle down, and that’s been a good decision.
“He worked with the national team there and he’s come back in good stead so fingers crossed for him.” “It would be a great boost if he could come in.”
“I will only play him if he’s right,” “I can’t afford to lose him for any length of time. But if he’s right, I have no hesitation in putting him in.”
“And Steven Taylor is OK, “He’s trained this week and we’re going to see whether he’s going to start on Saturday.” “We have Coloccini who’s not too far away as well.”
“So it’ll be touch and go for both of those guys but we’ll have to make the choice tomorrow or Sunday, when we think it’s right to make that decision.”
There was news this morning that Steven was a doubt for Sunday, so we’re not sure where that rumor came from, but it doesn’t look to be true, so it looks like we have Steven, Paul Dummett and maybe also Fab Coloccini who could be in central defense to line up alongside the in-form Mike Williamson for the derby game at the Stadium of Light.
Even if Colo doesn’t make it, he will likely be fit for the League Cup game with Manchester City on Wednesday night at home, and the game at St. James’ Park against a powerful Chelsea side.
But first of all we must get all 3 points against Sunderland on Sunday.