There’s some good news today that both Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote are back in full training and both should be fit for the visit to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
Fab Coloccini – fit for Tottenham
Both players could start the game, with the biggest question being whether Alan Pardew will bring back his captain against Spurs, after both Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have played so well in the last couple of games.
This is what the manager has said today:
“Colo’s trained the last two or three days, and is OK,” “Cheick is good. He’s in great form at the moment, and it’s important that he is available.”
“Steven Taylor should be OK after the international break.”
Tiote picked up a calf injury in the last game against Chelsea, and Colo picked up his groin injury while on International duty with Argentina a few weeks ago.
Steven Taylor has played only 45 minutes so far this season, the first half of the season at Manchester City, when he was sent off just before half time.
And injury problems have again interrupted his career at Newcastle, and this time it’s been a hamstring problem.
And we wonder what the status of Jonas Gutierrez is – since the last time we heard anything he was back in Argentina dealing with a personal issue.
Both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara will not be risked this Sunday, as they both are recovering from hamstring problems.
Ever noticed how many hamstring injuries our players pick up during a season?
When Graeme Souness was manager, he thought it was the turf at the Benton training center that was responsible for those hamstring strains.