Things were even worse than we thought before Saturday´s must-win game against West Brom, with the news today that Fabricio Coloccini was injured in the game at Everton last Wednesday when he picked up a knock on his knee.
Apparently Colo was nursing a swollen knee and having treatment, but demanded that he play in such a crucial game for Newcastle.
Fab Coloccini in action on Saturday
Obviously Steve McClaren was quiet about this before the game, but he pointed out that Coloccini’s willingness to play on Saturday was a sign of leadership from the Newcastle captain.
This is what Steve McClaren has said about Colo today:
“We had a patched-up defense.” “Colo has been on the treatment table for the last few days with a swollen knee and I think that goes unnoticed but it epitomizes the leadership.”
“He wanted to play and that’s what we need between now and the end of the season, a character like that.”
Daryl Janmaat seemed to have picked up an injury on Saturday, but Steve McClaren had this to say about the right-back´s availability for Saturday:
“He got a kick and a dead leg but he should be OK.”
Hopefully we will have some players returning to fitness for the game at Chelsea on Saturday – Jack Colback and Paul Dummett could be back.
New signing Seydou Doumbia is due to have a run-out with the U21 team tonight against Stoke City at St. James’ Park.
That´s to sharpen up his match fitness, since he hasn´t played since early December.