Fabricio Coloccini was a doubt after the fantastic 2-1 win at home to Chelsea last Saturday, but only because Alan Pardew in his post match interview said he had picked up another injury – apparently a sore calf.
Fabricio Coloccini in action last Saturday
But nothing has been said about Colo being unavailable for the game today at the Emirates, so we expect him to lead Newcastle out in the late kick off game this afternoon.
And it’s anybody’s guess as to what the result could be this afternoon – and another Newcastle win would qualify as two unbelievable results in succession for the Magpies.
We’d just have to start talking about the Champions League if we do win today. 😀
The good news for Newcastle is that Arsenal have their own injury worries, although not as bad as Newcastle’s.
Per Mertesacker is the only available center-back, and we could see former Newcastle right full-back start the game there this afternoon.
Jack Wilshire, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta, Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal are all out of this game.
This is what captain Fab Coloccini has said about the Newcastle team:
“We can go there in good spirits.¨ “It’s always a tough game at Arsenal.¨ “We have to enjoy beating Chelsea.¨ “We’ve had some time off and now look to Arsenal.”
For Newcastle we have Rob Elliot, Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Rolando Aarons, Gabriel Obertan, Siem De Jong, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez and Curtis Good all out injured and we will start Jak Alnwick in goal.
Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko are also suspended for this one game, and we expect big Mike Williamson to come in and partner Colo in central defense.
We would expect Mike to have a solid game, after his poor first half display at Burnley.
And it’s very good to hear the news that Jonas Gutierrez is back training at Newcastle again – really good news.
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