Update On Fabricio Coloccini For Villa Game


The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said that captain Fabricio Coloccini could return from injury for Sunday’s very important home game against Aston Villa, and the Argentine has been training all week. for the first time since he picked up that knee injury at West Brom on New Years Day.

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Fab Coloccini – could return against Aston Villa

Newcastle are in a big slump at the moment, seven defeats in the last nine games and only one win, so it will be important to have Colo back in the center of defense for the game on Sunday afternoon, because Colo tends to bring a calmness at the back when he plays.

This is what Alan Pardew  told the Shields Gazette today:

“Colo’s worked hard, and he’s looking better. He was in all weekend, so he’s had four or five days.”

Cheick Tiote is fit again from his hamstring injury, and the Ivorian will almost certainly come straight back into the side for Sunday’s game, and his work rate and aggressiveness in central midfield have been missed.

And Loic Remy will return after serving his three match suspension for being sent off at Norwich City, so that’s also good news.

And if Colo makes the game, then Newcastle could have their strongest side out – and we need a win to raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.

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135 comments so far

  • martoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #1

    If he is anwhere near fit then I would play him instead of Saylor who hasn’t been great as we all know.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Martoon.

    i would play a two week old loaf of bread instead of Saylor 😀

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  • Slank

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    I expect him to play in a full strength team:

    Krul

    Debuchy – Willo – Colo – Santon

    Sissoko – Tiote – Anita

    Goofy – De Jong – Remy

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #4

    slank

    i think he will go for that team but different fullback, maybe dummet.

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    If everyones fit then the first team virtually picks itself as we have no strength in depth

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  • martoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #6

    Markaccus – The bread might be a bit stale but at least it could show a clean pair of heels 🙂

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    goto drop santon

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  • martoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    mindshaft @5 – As you say the team picks itself – really the only issue is Left Back as Pardew seems to be losing faith in Santon.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    I think it’s pretty immaterial who we bring in as players, if pardew and his alleged ” coaching ” cohorts are still here.

    Players must wonder why pardew is the manager at a club with 52000 home fans.

    Armstrong under a wenger, martinez, rodgers etc would thrive, under pardew he’ll be ruined in his ”containing” BS as would any fair player.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #10

    Mindshaft

    tell that to MYM, Cisse, Ben Arfa, marveaux etc

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Santon reminds me of glen johnson. Likes to get forward, but is everywhere except where he is meant to be in defence.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #12

    markaccus

    at least glen johnson gets goals and assists though, santon gallops forward and doesn’t even get back.

    Gary neville did a little piece today, maybe just on his twitter, explaining how these days fullbacks need to also be wingers and wingers also need to be fullbacks….just being one or the other isn’t good enough in the modern game if you want to beat the best sides.

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  • croftus5678

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    i really wish we did not play with wingers as we may aswell just have 2 fb’s each side 🙁 we play a hell of a lot better through the middle.

    let the fullbacks take the wings and have 2 holding dm’s in sissoko/tiote to cover them going forward as debuchy is the only one with a decent cross form the wing in our team …well apart from sammy that is !

    play anita as a more forward cm as it looks like he’s prob the most likely outa the 3 to thread a pass through to goofy/remy/luuk.

    ————–krull—————–
    deb—-willo—-colo—-dumm
    ——tiote———–siss——–
    —————anita—————
    —–remy————goofy—–
    —————luuk—————-

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    T sage

    Yeah i saw him saying that on MNF about a month ago. I actually think as pundits go he knows more than most. Makes the plegmmy scouse biscuit look rediculous.

    I don’t like Glen Johnson, and cringe whenever he is in the england team. He leaves us wide open all the time. Santon is the same, except like you say he doesnt get assists or goals.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    markaccus

    i think johnson has gotten a lot better at defensive duties this past couple years…it’s the one weak area of the england team for me

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  • FrankfurtMag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    No point having a “World Class youngster on our books” if we never play him.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    T sage

    well he could only improve from where he started 😀
    I still think other countries target our right hand side when he plays. Like you say, it is englands weak point. Kyle Walker is a better defender, not quite as good crossing, but is prone to getting a card or two. Not sure whi i would play there.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    markaccus

    rest of the team is good for me, walker gets caught out a lot but has pace to get back…it’s a tough call. Micah Richards is the best for me, but not been fit for 2 years now.

    i’d have

    hart
    ???, jagielka, cahill, baines
    barry, gerrard
    sterling, rooney, wilshire
    sturridge

    going off current form anyway….in the wider role plenty opportunity for townsend, oxlaide-chamberlain and others to push.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    T sage

    pretty similar to what i would pick. I am not a huge fan of jagielka, i might stick lescott in there.
    The southampton front 3 would also have a shout at getting a game too, i would even say Welbeck has a chance, if he can become the player that the media already seem to think he is. He does have potential.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyone else been impressed by LDJ? His hold up play has been excellent imo and works hard. He has snatched at a few long range chances but hasn’t had the service to see him get areal chance yet. Think him and remy will work a treat.

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  • Nufc-83

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21

    croftus5678 // Feb 20, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    i really wish we did not play with wingers as we may aswell just have 2 fb’s each side 🙁 we play a hell of a lot better through the middle.

    let the fullbacks take the wings and have 2 holding dm’s in sissoko/tiote to cover them going forward as debuchy is the only one with a decent cross form the wing in our team …well apart from sammy that is !

    play anita as a more forward cm as it looks like he’s prob the most likely outa the 3 to thread a pass through to goofy/remy/luuk.

    ————–krull—————–
    deb—-willo—-colo—-dumm
    ——tiote———–siss——–
    —————anita—————
    —–remy————goofy—–
    —————luuk—————-
    I like this team but i would swap anita and sissokho around and have remy coming in from the left. I would also swap dummet for haidara but ye looks good.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #22

    markaccus

    I like jagielka, think him and cahill play well together, best pairing of late. Lescott doesn’t get enough game time.

    I like the southampton lads, definitely in the squad for me, just not quite good enough to start yet.

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  • mindshaft

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    @Rotunda – no need, think Pards has made it abundantly clear they aren’t first choice players

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #24

    don’t like Johnson at right back
    I don’t know why he has never been played as an out and out winger you would think he would have excelled there

    got some good youngsters coming through for England, shaw sterling chamberlin barkley and a few others
    just cant see us winning a major for some time

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #25

    No time to stop and chat but just wanted to post an article to reinforce what I’ve been saying for ages. It simply does not pay for a PL team to be in the Europa League. The only time I can think that it is beneficial is if a CL club (with a CL squad) fails to get into the CL one season. At least then they can keep their big squad happy with a lot of games and European football.

    It might be fun for the fans (me included) but it doesn’t pay financially enough to strengthen the squad to deal with knocks, injuries and tiredness.

    To prove the point, Spurs are leaving out several top players so they can focus their minds and bodies on trying to get a top 4 place.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26252296

    Last season, I don’t think we were good enough for the top 7 and we were only 8 points off 8th place. Considering the amount of injuries that we had, I’d say that the Europa League could have cost us those 8 points, 8th place, a lot more money and a lot less grief from the fans.

    One to chew over…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #26

    By the way…if Ciaran read this – I do intend to find and reply to a post from you a few days ago. I just haven’t had much time recently.

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #27

    winning it ensures a path to the cl tho

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Having looked at Sage’s England side I have come to the conclusion that the 2nd round should be the target for this World Cup, and if we achieve that, it should be celebrated like a well structured and profitable P&L Account.

    Is Townsend still flavour of the month back in the UK? He should be nowhere near a half decent international side. Barkley should go to the World Cup, maybe not a starter, but he is the natural successor to Gerard in terms of giving us power, ability and athleticism in midfield.

    I’d give Shaw a few friendlies and see how he gets on. Would much prefer him to play. Did Baines not complain about home sickness, hence him not being at Euro 2012? Not sure he could cope with the culture shock that is Brazil!

    Centre halves, I think we are really weak. Jagielka is okay, nothing special. Lescott turns slower than milk, Cahill is again, okay. Jones, Smalling, any others that could force there way in? (Don’t say Willo or Saylor)

    I’d be reluctant with Barry, he is four years older then South Africa where top class opposition made him look awful.

    Ox over Sterling for me. Sturridge and Rooney are no brainers.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #30

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=tim+sherwood+europa+league+top+four&oq=tim+sherwood+europa+league+top+four&aqs=chrome..69i57.11185j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=tim+sherwood+europa+league+top+four&tbm=nws

    tim sherwood says he has prioritised Europa league over a top 4 spot

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #31

    lilomgwe

    What I think it shows is that other than CB cover we have plenty of options and young talent in the side/squad.

    Townsend has been injured a while, I like the lad though, runs at people, can beat a man, puts in plenty good crosses and also offers a good shot.

    Then look how well milner player for man city in the FA cup, kept hazard quite but still offered enough going forward.

    Barry is playing really well recently and him and gerard holding would work for me as they are disciplined but also have a good range of passing. Either way though, we still have plenty of good options I think.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #32

    TDS

    I see your point, it’s not a financial reward but what’s the alternative? just sit in 8th all our times?

    We need to be building a squad to compete in europe if we want to progress, can’t go 8th to 4th, and even if we did we’d need to invest heavily to deal with the champions league then.

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  • jimmysmith

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #33

    With a fully fit squad we still can put out a side to give the top 6 a game. Injuries have undermined the last month as much as the loss of Cabaye, although injuries were always going to happen and we clearly have been found wanting for depth.

    The bizarre and inconsistent form of half a dozen of the players is more difficult to fathom though. Benny, Mbiwa, Santon, Cisse, Shola, Marv have stunk the joint out on more than one occasion each, and it’s been costly.

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    TS

    the problem with santon is , he don’t know if he is a winger or defender, same with debuchy,

    santon and debuchy are playing as wingbacks, yet we only play with 2 CB

    this IS something that is coached into them

    let the kid learn just one, he does more attacking than normal wingers, and his crossing is poor and his shooting even more poorer, yet the manager has let him develop this crazy habit,

    im sure people will find a way to pin this on Ashley

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #35

    jimmysmith

    a good game or take points of them ?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Sage,
    Yeah, I don’t buy that it makes no financial sense. It may not make you much money, but it brings with it prestige, and if you win it, it is still a reasonable pot.

    It is only really English clubs that treat it with such disdain. Atletico won it a couple of years back, helped them provide a platform to build on, and are now pushing Real and Barca all the way in Spain.

    Good on Sherwood if he is going to go for it, although saying it and doing it are very different things.

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  • beermonkey

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #37

    ToonDarnSarf

    while I agree on a financial bases Europa league bring in much, which is wrong they should improve it

    for a clubs commercial brand that improves
    attracting players improves

    I think there are more pluses to playing in the comp than negatives

    still its not for our club

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #38

    jimmysmith

    you don’t put any blame on the manager for these being poor ( not shola )

    if players are playing poor, should the manager do whats best for the team ?

    flogging a dead horse springs to mind wit our squad under pardew

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #39

    Lilongwe Geordie

    it seems strange us fans are so proud of our last cup from 1969,
    yet these guys just right cups off

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  • catchy in norway

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #40

    rest at ease , im going back to work

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