Before you read this see the note at the bottom says that Rolando has tweeted the reason he limped off last night was due to cramps, and it’s nothing more serious than that – but in this report you can tell how nervous we are about Rolando getting injured again – he looks such a great young player.
Hopefully, he can play on Saturday against Borussia Monchengladbach – so with that – read on about our concerns about injuries in general at Newcastle.
One of the things that we must improve on this season is our injury record – but it’s already not looking good on Physioroom because we already have six injuries, and that’s joint top of the league with Everton, so we are again flying high – although that’s not the right way to say it.
Rolando Aarons – in action in Sacramento
Fabricio Coloccini has not played in this pre-season, but maybe a bigger concern is that Rolando Aarons limped off after 58 minutes last night at York City, to be replaced by Olivier Kemen.
Both Colo and Rolando will be assessed by the Newcastle medical team in the next couple of days, and McClaren will be hopeful that the 19 year-old is OK for the game on Saturday, and he also seems desperate to get Coloccini in the side..
Rolando has been in great form once again in pre-season, and he’s a terrific young player, but one thing Newcastle must do this season is keep the lad fit.
He’s not even in the six injured Newcastle players listed on Physioroom who are Curtis Good, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella, Fab Coloccini, Sylvain Marveaux and Rob Elliot – although Rob played last night in the second half, so his thigh muscle strain must have cleared up.
If there is any doubts at all about Rolando Aarons for Saturday he should not play – and Steve McClaren will know all about his injury record of last season, when he was only able to play six games for the side, due to persistent hamstring problems .
Steve McClaren, as we reported earlier today, thinks that Coloccini is till a very important player for Newcastle and wants him to play on Saturday.
If he can get 45 minutes in against Borussia Monchengladbach, then Colo will be able to start against Southampton on August 9th, and Steven Taylor will probably be the one to play alongside him.
It’s probably too early for Chancel Mbemba, who we hope will sign for Newcastle as early as today.
Update – It looks like Rolando picked up only cramps in yesterday’s game – which is why he had to go off – so that’s good news – that news via his Twitter account.