McClaren´s Surprising Fitness Revelation

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.

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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.

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