As well as losing our second game in a row 1-0 we have also lost tow of our back four, with Mathieu Debuchy facing a three game suspension after being given a straight red card for a two footed tackle after 62 minutes at West Brom this afternoon and it looks like captain Fab Coloccini has picked up an injury that will see him out for up to six weeks.
Fab Coloccini in action this afternoon
It never rains but it pours suddenly comes to mind, after we have had not injuries for a good while now.
It seems that Coloccini has picked up a knock during this afternoon’s game at the Hawthorns, where too many of the Newcastle players looked tired after four games in 11 days, and as many as nine of our players have played in all the games.
The manager made just one change from the side that lost to Arsenal on Sunday, and maybe we haven’t been rotating the players enough over the heavy Christmas period?
Colo limped off after 65 minutes and it looks like he will be out for up to six weeks.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the second 1-0 defeat in a row:
“It has been a bad afternoon. Not only do we lose Debuchy but Colo also looks to have done something to his knee.” “It is early days but we could be looking at four to six weeks out.”
Next up for Newcastle are Cardiff City on Saturday in the FA Cup, and we should see some changes to the Newcastle side – and two will be enforced with Debuchy and Coloccini not available.
Yanga-Mbiwa is likely to be brought into central defense, and maybe Massadio Haidara comes in at right back with Santon moving over to the right hand side for Saturday – although the experienced Steven Taylor is also available.
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