The warm weather training in La Manga, Spain was supposed to be to allow our players to recover from injury, but this is Newcastle, and news coming through in the Mirror today is that Fabricio Coloccini injured his calf on Saturday and could be out for a month.
Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini did not play in the game against Lillestrom on Saturday afternoon and Jonjo Shelvey took over the captaincy – but it seems Colo was injured after the game – incredible.
Fab Coloccini with Steve McClaren in Spain
Before he was injured?
The Mirror report is that Colo picked up the injury in the warm down after the game – so Newcastle once again pick up crucial injuries and we are fighting relegation.
Our understanding of a warm down is that they easy exercises to stop the players picking up any injuries – but as we said – this is Newcastle.
It´s a pity we didn´t bring in a top center-back last summer or last month and we already have Chancel Mbemba out injured – so he will not be available for the two upcoming games at Stole and against Bournemouth.
No doubt Steve McClaren and the incompetent way the club is being run will again be up for debate for picking up an injury to an experienced player during the jolly in Southern Spain.
McClaren had said one of the purposes of the trip was to allow injured players to recover and get some match practice in.
But no doubt Steve will point out it could have happened if the squad had stayed in Newcastle.
The good thing is that we have games almost every week from now on and only four in March, so if Colo is out for a month he could miss four games in total – including the derby against Sunderland on March 20th.
The Mirror report includes a line where they say Coloccini had a run-in with McClaren last week – but we´re not sure what that´s all about.
Newcastle are not helping themselves this season – one little bit.