Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini used to be a good healer when he was injured, and he used to bounce back fairly quickly, but that doesn’t seem to be the case over the last two seasons.
Fabricio Coloccini – hopefully will return on Sunday
Last year at the end of February Colo was missing with a bad back, after he tried that acrobatic overhead kick in the first half against Southampton at home, and was subsequently out for a couple of months.
And now Fab is said to be trying to make the (very) important home game against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, but the news is that he’s now back in full training and that’s good news for a change.
Fab suffered an injury to the medial ligaments of his knee on New Years Day in the defeat at West Brom, and he is working hard to be able to lead the side out at St. James’ Park on Sunday – in what could well be a watershed game for the team for this season.
This is what Alan has said in the Shields Gazette this morning:
“Colo’s worked hard, and he’s looking better.” “He was in all weekend, so he’s had four or five days.” “Loic’s available, Cheick’s running well and Colo’s trained,”
If Colo is fit we will have all three top players return to the side against Aston Villa, in what is likely to be a pivotal game for the side.
Win it and it will relieve the pressure on Alan Pardew and the team just a little but, and we’d also have 40 points and be absolutely safe from relegation.
Lose it and we will lost eight of the last ten games in all competitions, a pathetic record for the second season running.
Coloccini turned 32 last month and still has two and a half years left on his contract at Newcastle, and while he said he would stay at Newcastle this season, he will again decide on his future in the summer, and the Argentine International could well return to Argentina.
We want to see a fully committed performance from every single Newcastle player on Sunday, and of we can get that and a bit of luck, there’s no reason why we cannot win our second game out of the last ten – and that would be a little bit of good news for the fans.
Howay The Lads!!
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