We had wondered this morning whether Fab Coloccini or Steven Taylor would be fit for the Capital One Cup tie tomorrow night against Manchester City, but some bad news today from Alan Pardew that both players will not be fit.
Steven Taylor – still not fit
Both players didn’t make it for the Sunderland game, which turned out to be another disaster for Newcastle, and neither will be able to line up in central defense tomorrow night either, which must make our chances of winning that game even slimmer than they already are – but you never know.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today at his press conference:
“Colo and Steven Taylor won’t be available.”
So that means that either Paul Dummett or Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will line up alongside Mike Williamson in central defense tomorrow night, and maybe it will be the Frenchman, who has served his one match ban for being sent off against Liverpool, with Paul Dummett moving to left back.
Steven Taylor has been out for quite a while with a hamstring problem, and has played only 45 minutes this season at Manchester City before being sent off in that game, and he seems to have injured the hamstring again last Thursday, so heaven knows how long he will be out.
But it’ seems another injury ravaged season for the local lad from Whitley Bay.
Colo has a groin strain and could be available for the Chelsea game on Saturday, but Pardew thinks that both players will still be doubtful for Saturday, so once again we are short in defense, because of injuries to Colo and Steven Taylor – who were also out for long periods of last season too.
And these injuries again point to a lack of depth in central defense at Newcastle, which also existed last season.
What do you think?