There seems to be no new news yet on the injuries to Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor, and there was conflicting news yesterday when the Mirror reported both could be out until Christmas, but whereas Colo’s injury still has to be assessed, the local papers are reporting that Steven Taylor could even make the team for this Saturday’s home game against QPR.
Steven Taylor – could be fit for Saturday?
Coloccini suffered some kind of calf injury in Newcastle’s last outing at West Brom, and he could be out for several weeks, but he’s been back home in Buenos Aries and we should hear something official on his injury very soon – maybe even today.
Steven Taylor seems to have a shot at playing on Saturday at home to QPR according to the Shields Gazette today, and that’s consistent with the Chronicle report yesterday – but still no word officially from the club on the injuries.
But since 20 year-old Remie Streete has been recalled from his three-month loan spell at Port Vale it may not be good news, because Newcastle wouldn’t have done that if both senior center-backs were expected to be fit for Saturday.
It looks like Steven has a chance but that Colo will miss the Saturday game.
And we are also waiting for news on Cheick Tiote and Manu Riviere, and whether they will be fit for Saturday after missing several games through injury.
Both seem to have a decent chance of making the game, but that’s not the case with 22 year-old central midfielder Mehdi Abeid, who is out for at least two weeks with a broken toe he picked up while training with the full Algerian squad over the weekend.
And 23 year-old Italian Davide Santon is back in training, training three times a day according to reports, so he may be available fairly soon too.
It would be good to have an injury update from the club, before Alan’s press conference on Thursday.
And we must have a decent chance to extend the winning streak to six games against QPR, but of course you never can tell with Newcastle, and Colo will be a big loss.
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