It’s a wonder that we haven’t heard about Fab Coloccini’s calf injury directly from Newcastle yet, but the Chronicle is reporting that Fabricio will undergo an assessment on just how bad his calf injury is.
Colo rather amazingly picked up the injury in the warm-down session after the game against Lillestrom on Saturday and he didn’t appear in the game at all and was rested.
So even when players are rested they can still get injured.
Chancel Mbemba – will receive a further assessment today on injury
There are nine days to go until the vital game at Stoke City and Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback are apparently all expected to be available for the game.
That’s good news.
But there are doubts about center-back Chancel Mbemba who will be receiving another assessment on his foot injury today.
So both our first choice center-backs will be assessed today as to the extent of their injuries.
Papiss Cisse also seems to be back to fitness and will presumably start training again this week at some point.
As for another striker Aleksandar Mitrovic was expected to be out for about two weeks with his MCL knee ligament injury so we’d be surprised if he can participate in any of the next two games.
For the game at Stoke it looks like our two center-backs will be Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles, so it was good they played the full game together at La Manga on Saturday.
This is an update from McClaren on the injury front:
“Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong will be back in full training on Tuesday, and it was the same with Jack Colback – he had a little niggle, so we didn’t risk that.”
“They will train this week, and get ready for the last 12 games.”
When asked how he thought Jonjo Shelvey did on Saturday as the stand-in captain Steve said he thought he did very well.
Jonjo must be odds-on favorite to captain the side at Stoke.