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.


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.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #1

    McC…it could also have been the decision that would have kept Colo out for weeks!

    …there’s leadership and there is recklessness!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Are you watching highlights? The football has been attractive at times. However, our results are a fair reflection of our performances. Other clubs could go for the easier on the eye football but it might well cost them a lot of points. Only Ranieri is truly managing to carry it off in style. To be fair to Makro, he has no natural goal scorer and a shit defence. How much he is culpable for that is anyone’s guess.

  • Spoof

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #3

    keeping Colo out for weeks would have been good news, Taylor and Mbenba would have been a far better pairing,and with Lascellas now back and Dummett expected to be fit for the weekend the need for Colo is minimal, an injury imho would be of benefit to us

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #4
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Technical Scout! Has a nice ring to it 😉 What’s Carr’s title?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Spoof…injuries to our defenders it what we need right now!

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Ah hello Jesper. Right…..See you later!


  • Spoof

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8


    when we press teams we look a decent outfit and of late we have deservedly won against West Ham and West Brom because we took the game to them and pressed them, so why when we are away from home do we refuse to press and try to counter-attack, it obviously doesn’t work so why does SM continue with it, look at Wijnaldum, great player when we are pressing and has scored 9 goals at home, away from home he may as well not be on the pitch and thats not due to him being a poor player its due to SM and his inability to change a tactic which is destroying us away from home.

    7 points away from home all season, 1 against Man U which was due to an inability from there behalf to manage to score, the luckiest win that we will ever get when Bournemouth outplayed us and Spurs should have been out of site in the first half, however against Spurs in the second half for the only time this season we went for them and pressed them and imho we actually deserved that win, but we played that second half as if it was a home match, why can SM not see that his tactics don’t work, sorry m8 but he is a dreadful manager and for me he is solely responsible for us being in the position that we are in, look at Shelvey and his passing range, at home he looks a world beater because we are pressing and he has targets who he can pass to, away from home he is dreadful, but then he has no targets because SM has what would be his targets playing far too deep, dreadful manager, absolutely dreadful.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    Trouble is absence makes most posters’ hearts grow harder not fonder. Tiote was a write off not long ago. Taylor was to be thrown in the skip. Most of us have had our fun about former first team picks but without them against West Brom I think we would have been in serious trouble.

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Spoof, you have inadvertently answered my question which baffled everyone into silence yesterday.

    The blog is yours today mate. Use it wisely

  • Polarboy

    Feb 8, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    As far as I’ve heard Dummet won’t be back until the Stoke game. @Spoof. Colo of course has been inconsistent but he has actually had some great games this season, and we don’t have anybody in the middle of defence with his class on the ball and range of passing.


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