Fabricio Coloccini is a doubt for the game at Arsenal on Saturday, with some kind of muscle injury, so we are hoping the captain will be fit for the game, after playing near his top form for us against Chelsea on Saturday.
Great shot of Fab Coloccini at final whistle on Saturday
Like a lot of our players, Fabricio had a poor start to the season for Newcastle, but he has recently been in top form, and there’s no doubt that the Argentine is the leader of Newcastle, and his presence at the back is massive for the team.
Two more opportunist goals from Papiss Cisse gave Newcastle a memorable 2-1 win at St James’s Park on Saturday, and while the team were not at their best, the determination and passion from our players to get a result was there for all to see.
This is what Colo told the Shields Gazette today:
“I’m very happy for the fans,” “We got a really nice result.” “We defended well, and we played like a team.”
“In the first 20 minutes, they tried to score. We could stop them. That was very important for us. We had to finish the first half with a clean sheet.”
“In the second half we tried to go forward and create chances. We scored, which was very good for us.”
Newcastle are still top of the Physioroom.com Premier League table for injuries with a total of 10 – followed by Arsenal with 8 – so both teams have been hit by injuries.
We should hear from Alan Pardew today – or tomorrow at his press conference – on the fitness of Coloccini and some of our other players like Rolando Aarons, and we hope we don’t pick up any injuries in training this week.
But it looks certain that Jak Alnwick will be in goal, after the Premier League yesterday informed Newcastle that we do not qualify for an emergency loan for a goalkeeper – after both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot are out injured until January.
We hope to hear something from Alan Pardew – maybe today.
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