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Update – Three Top Players To Return Against Villa

8:41 am, Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 6 Comments

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.

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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.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Loic Remy · Newcastle News · Premier League



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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 catchy in norway // Feb 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    remy , your gona be the one who saves me, cos after all , your my wonder goal

  • 2 Graeme // Feb 18, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Would a not fully fit Collo be a better bet in defence that our proven best partnership of Willo and Mbiwa? They seem to complement each other far better than having Saylor on the pitch making a total arse of himself.
    Surely, the objective is to have your most effective players on the pitch rather than the “favourites”?? We have struggled at the back since they replaced Mbiwa with Saylor.

  • 3 catchy in norway // Feb 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    I guess the question is Williamson or taylor

  • 4 Sav // Feb 18, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    A ring rusty Colo still is better than Saylor. Villa blogs are already crowing about catching us when we’re down. I hope we muller them.

  • 5 ballerfan2 // Feb 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    I think we may see a different Newcastle this weekend with Collo, Tiote and Remy back. I agree that a team must be able to function despite injuries but that becomes doubly difficult when those injuries are to key players the others look to. Collo and Tiote have been missing at the same time as we have lost Cabaye and that is why we have looked so rudderless recently. Hopefully their return can inject some much needed confidence into our boys. What I am sure is that getting on their backs as some are only too willing to do, will not help rebuild that confidence which has clearly drained away in the last few weeks. We need them playing for each other again as it was this that achieved the notable results of earlier season. They have not become bad players in a few weeks as some would have you believe.

  • 6 Brutooon // Feb 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    We start losing when Saylor starts !!! Bring back MYM




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