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Coloccini Injured – Will Be Out For A Month

7:39 am, Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

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.

Newcastle United Training Session

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fabricio Coloccini · Injuries · Newcastle News

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    McClaren: “Let’s not leave it to the last game like last season.”
    It’ll be over before that, I think.

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Ron…if they don’t make changes then I think you might have to prepare yourself for what’s coming 🙁

  • 3 SuperShearer // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    “But ass we said” – a typo summing it up perfectly Ed 😉

  • 4 Ron Knee // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:52 AM


    In Charnley we trust!

    We have a slim chance of not being relegated. No more than that.

  • 5 G // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    My gut feeling is we will not go down. I’m still bloody nervous about it though.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Ron…I suppose we have 😉

  • 7 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Hope springs eternal

  • 8 firebug666 // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    I look at our team and performances and make just a few simple observations:-

    No Plan
    No Desire
    No Pride
    No Passion
    No Soul
    No Drive
    No Leadership (anywhere)
    No Cohesion
    No Aggression
    No Presence
    No Ambition
    No Hope

    Our team is full of babies who need a minimum of a month to recover from a slight knock.

    I get the feeling that a lot of injuries are simply players not wanting to play.

    Those that do play have none of the attributes above instilled into them, they enter the area with a tap on the backside from Macca with the words “just do your best son” whispered in the ear, and play out of position in a team without direction.

  • 9 sparky55 // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    IMO we have a better chance of staying up now Colo is out for a month…he’s exactly the type of person you don’t need when in the trenches and fighting for your life.

  • 10 Ron Knee // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM


    Eg: our illustrious captain!

  • 11 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    even with our very very poor defence we should easily pick up more points than those around us as our run in is the easiest of the bottom 7-8 sides.

    whomever comes into colo’s place can surely not make us look any worse as even janmaat did a better job than our cb’s when he played there last season !

    play dummett at cb and partner him with mbemba when he’s back until then dumm and saylor.

  • 12 Jan Stavik // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Great news to wake up to on a Monday morning! I actually think this can help NUFC to stay up, our worst starter is out for a number of games. I’d say Dummet in with Taylor (Mbemba when fit again), with Janmaat and Colback as full backs. This is a much stronger defense than with Coloccini in it.

  • 13 Ron Knee // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM


    Since when have we profited from easy runs? This is Newcastle. If there’s a difficult way to do something we’ll find it.

  • 14 G // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    I think Lasseles and Taylor are our only fit CBs, although Dummy and Mbemba are training again they are at least 2 weeks from the first team.

  • 15 firebug666 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Ron @10

    A good example yes, I agree with Sparky55, our defence should be better with Coloccini missing. I think Wijnaldum rather than Shelvey should be given the captains armband.

    But then what do mere fans know anyway. Macca know what to do, I mean just look at our results, and league position!

  • 16 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    @13 ron

    aye we normally do but sulking about it wont do us no good !

    we have shown we can get a result from the best teams in the league and also throw away points to the worst of them but if we start negative we will go down ! the players must believe in themselves and we must believe in them as we cant change anything now apart from the feel of the place.

  • 17 Mag52 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    A new captain for the next month at least, that’s got to be the best start to the week for some time.

  • 18 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    @15 fire

    i agree on wij esp for next season.

    we do have a fair few captain materials in our team ! janmaat/mbemba/wijnaldum/siem/shelvey/saivet to name some but we seem to stick to someone who does erm…..nothing lol.

    i think in a relegation fight more are likely to do what shelvey says and he will get a reaction from the players but when we are looking to win something and move up the table wijnaldum would give them more inspiration.

  • 19 firebug666 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:16 AM


    Supporting and having belief in a team that capitulates so easily is a big ask like.

    We have enough to stay up if it is applied right, but when as that ever been done.

    Headless chickens is putting it mildly. I watched the friendly game and saw the same mistakes being repeated over and over, nothing has changed, or if it has, hats off to the lads for keeping it so well hidden.

    Until it is mathematically certain we will be relegated I will believe we can save ourselves, maybe a little luck will come our way.

  • 20 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    NDale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
    Que tu cuerpo es pa’ darle alegria y cosa buena
    Dale a tu cuerpo alegria, Macarena
    Heeeeeeey Macarena -Aaay!

    it’s easy man, Darryl come on pick it up lad!

  • 21 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    I didn’t get voted off then oh well. Looks like for Rob it was sobadithurts. 🙂

  • 22 Dime Bar // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Awesome news now give Wijnaldum the armband

  • 23 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    So before we start talking formations and tactics, who will be left standing by next week? It could be one of those teams that pick itself. 🙁

  • 24 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:28 AM


    Do you do requests? Do you know anything by “Jive Bunny”? 😀

  • 25 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    As long as Gini doesn’t mind doing a bit of rotating. Aaay Macarena!

  • 26 Tsunki // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    I am jive bunny or at least a mastermixer.

  • 27 firebug666 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:32 AM


    Formations and Tactics; are you sure your on the right blog mate?

    This is Newcastle you know, we don’t do formation and tactics, we just fill in the team sheet with 11 names and send them out there.

  • 28 croftus5678 // Feb 22, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    @23 tsunki

    like when pards was in charge that may not be a bad thing as it shows the thick headed ones we can play without those they deem undroppable.

    i agree with another poster our back 4 imo would be


    until mbabu/hairdryer and mbem are fully fit then replace colb and sayl.

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