There was some very surprising but some very good news about Fabricio Coloccini at yesterday’s press conference with Alan Pardew, as the Newcastle manager said the captain had returned from Argentina and had a good week in training, and that he could even play on Sunday at Sunderland.
Fabricio Coloccini – in light training
That’s a lot better than being over in Argentina for another eight weeks, and that as the news earlier last week, which obviously was not accurate.
Fabricio is back in training, although he hasn’t joined the full squad yet, and he must still be a doubt for tomorrow’s game, but he could be available to play against Manchester City on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup.
This is what Coloccini said on the Newcastle web-site about his groin strain and about being in Argentina:
“It is not too bad. I have started to run so I am pleased with that.” “I heard in the news that I was supposed to be in Argentina, that I could be out for ten weeks but no, that is not true.”
“It is difficult when you are out, especially for games like Sunderland, because you would like to be on the pitch. “I am not sure whether I will play yet but if I don’t I will give the players help and talk to them.”
“A lot of them played in the derby last year, apart from Remy, but everyone knows what this game means.” “It is a big one for everyone and hopefully we can get three points.”
Certainly in April our players were not ready for that game, so we hope they will be ready tomorrow.
But Alan Pardew coolly telling the local journalists yesterday the Argentine had been in training all week and was touch and go for Sunday, reminds us of that famous quote from Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens):
“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”
Anyway, it’s very good news that the captain will be back in action, and very soon too.