It could have ben a lot worse for Fabricio Coloccini, but Alan Pardew has said the Argentine International will miss the next three games with a calf injury – and if he’s available for the 4th game at home to Chelsea on 6th December, that’s only two weeks on Saturday – so it’s less than three weeks out for the 32 year-old.
Fabricio Coloccini – out for three games
In truth it will be about four weeks out for the 32 year-old, and we’re lucky there has been a two week International break after he picked up the injury.
There had been various reports about Colo maybe being out until Christmas – but this is fairly decent news for Newcastle, although he will still be a big miss at the back – but nevertheless it’s a chance for Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor to show they can cope without Colo for the next three games.
This is what Alan told the Evening Standard today:
“Fabricio Coloccini will miss the next three games,” “He’s a terrific presence on the pitch, not only a leader of men but he has a great way of leading.¨
“He never looks ruffled, and gives that assurance to the team.¨ “In a pride of lions, he is the lion sitting on the hill looking over his brood, so losing him is going to be a blow.”
Coloccini is a lot more influential at Newcastle than we thought, and his leadership is in the example he sets – and he’s also been in great form in the five game winning streak, after not playing too well at the beginning of the season.
The good news is that Colo will be back for the holiday games, and including the Chelsea game on 6th December, Newcastle have seven games in 25 days through January 1st, including the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup at Spurs on 17th December.
Coloccini picked up the injury late in the game at West Brom, after he had scored Newcastle’s second goal from a cross from Daryl Janmaat with a thumping header.
What are the chances that on January 2nd, Newcastle will be in the top six in the league and in the semi-finals of the League Cup?
It’s possible if we can keep up the good form we’ve shown over the last month or so.
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