It’s good news today that Fabricio Coloccini is now fit and will make his first appearance of the pre-season at Bramall Lane tomorrow afternoon.
The Newcastle captain has been nursing a sore Achilles, and he hasn’t been risked by the coaching staff, but news today in the local pres that he will play tomorrow – the game has a 1:00 pm kick off time.
Fabricio Coloccini – in action last season
Colo was probably fit enough to play at Portland on Tuesday night, but with the artificial surface it was a good decision not to risk him, and one thing Newcastle must do this season is of course to cut down on the injuries.
It’s an important game for Colo and for Steve McClaren tomorrow, because the future of the Newcastle captain is still up in the air, and it will be interesting to see if he can play well in pre-season.
Colo had a very poor second half of the season, when Newcastle simply collapsed in those final 19 games, and there seemed minuscule leadership in the side.
We have to remember before that final game against West Ham which we won 2-0 – that Newcastle had taken only 10 points from the previous 18 league games, and in the previous 10 games we had just one point and nine defeats.
This summer the likelihood is that if we bring in another center-back then Colo could be sold – probably to Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew – but that’s all still to be decided.
The other thing that Steve McClaren must decide is who the Newcastle captain will be for next season.
And our first Premier League game is just two weeks tomorrow at home to Southampton.
This will be Newcastle’s fifth pre-season friendly, and here’s the full pre-season schedule and how we have done so far.
|Fri 10th July (8:00 pm)||Gateshead||International Stadium||W 1-0|
|Tue 14th July (8:00 pm CT - 2:00 am Wed Newcastle time)||Club Atlas||Miller Park, Milwaukee||L 2-1|
|Sat 18th July (8:00 pm PT - 4:00 am Sun Newcastle time)||Sacramento Republic||Bonney Field, Sacramento||W 1-0|
|Tue 21st July (7.30 pm PT - 3:30 am Wed Newcastle time)||Portland Timbers||Providence Park, Portland||L 4-3|
|Sun 26th July (1:00 pm)||Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||D 2-2|
|Wed 29th July (7:45 pm)||York City||Bootham Crescent||L 2-1|
|Sat 1st August (3:00 pm)||Borussia Mönchengladbach||St. James' Park||L 1-0|