Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has yet to play in pre-season, but Steve McClaren thinks the center-back is close to full fitness, and he has had a little niggle that has kept him out of all the games so far this summer.
McClaren is impressed with Colo’s professionalism and form in training, and the Argentine was at the game last night at York as he watched from the stands.
Fabricio Coloccini – injured so far this summer
The head coach will be hoping the captain will be available for our last pre-season game against Borussia Monchengladbach at home on Saturday afternoon.
If the 39 times capped Argentine Intentional can play some part in that game, he could well start the next weekend in our first league game at home to Southampton.
Mbemba will not be ready by then, and the next best choices are Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about Colo today:
“We want to see him out on the field and we have to get to that situation very soon.¨
“I’ve come in, he’s done very well in training, he’s got a little niggle but we want to see him playing, because he’s the captain and he plays a vital role.”
Newcastle fielded Lubo Satka and Jamaal Lascelles at center-back last night, but it’s clear both youngsters are not ready for the first team yet.
Alan Pardew is said to want Coloccini at Crystal Palace, but we hope Newcastle keep Colo this season.
With his vast experience he can still do a job for Newcastle, even if it means he will become a free agent next summer when his contract runs out.
It’s better to have him available for next season, than to take the £3M we could probably get him for him this summer.
The club should have learned from last season that money in the bank doesn’t help the team on the field.
What do you think?