More Newcastle Players Return To Training

Newcastle United had Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback all back in training yesterday with the important game at Stoke tomorrow night – but it remains to be seen if Coloccini is fit to play.

Certainly it looks like both Jack Colback and Paul Dummett will be back in the squad and available for the game at the Britannia Stadium.

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Fabricio Coloccini – back in training

Steve McClaren is under pressure at Newcastle to get the team playing with some spirit and fight away from home and he had this to say about our away form:

“We have been disappointing, especially at Everton and Chelsea. Once we have had a setback, we haven’t recovered from that.”

“We have to deal with that.” “We just have to maintain our home form and somehow improve our away form.”

And there was also news earlier in the week that in addition to Dummett and Colback – Chancel Mbemba, Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong and Aleksandar Mitrovic were all back in training on Friday.

That was according to web-site – so if that report is accurate – they could also be in with a great chance of making the game at Stoke.

Fabricio Coloccini suffered a bizarre injury when he took part in the warm down after the game against Lillestrom in La Manga a week last Saturday aftre being on the bench all game – and that´s when he picked up his calf injury.


Both Paul Dummett and Jack Colback are expected to start the game – Paul back in at left-back and Jack in central midfield with Cheick Tiote likely unavailable for this game through injury.

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24 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Mar 1, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Oh no, Coloccini is back in training!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Phew, Colo is back in training!

  • firebug666

    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Dear God,

    I know I haven’t always been good, and sometimes tested you’re resolve to the limits, but honestly, I’ll take a plague of frogs, locust or even man eating zombies if that is your wish, I’ll even put the lead back on your church roof….

    but FFS Collo?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #4

    Captain courageous wheeled out to tell us if we can score more, concede less and try a bit hardew we MIGHT be ok. As for Mclaren saying if we don’t put the efort in it will be touch and go , is that not giving the green light for them to think we might just be ok if we don’t turn up again, why does he not engage his brain.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #5

    His aim is to get back to match fitness for the game after the derby. Whatever and whenever that is. Go Colo!

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think they’re bad words in a situation where whatever you say will be criticised by someone. It’s the time of year when cliche and rhetoric reaches its height. Here he says what needs to be said without leaving himself with nowhere to go if we improve but don’t put in a 100% stellar performance.
    I’m more concerned with what he has said and done on the training pitch and what it produces tomorrow night.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Colo carrying an injury and is doubtful for the run in. I think we need a poll. Which continent will Colo be in on 20th March for the derby game?

  • Tsunki

    Mar 1, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #8

    Only an Argentinian ranch has the recuperative powers necessary to heal our Captain.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Well it’s a shame but Jib did not seem keen on the idea of constructive debate. I might have another go later and see what part of the human anatomy he references to my genuine questions. 🙂

  • firebug666

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #10


    PMSL: You are trying to have a debate with Jib?

    Are you sure you know enough expletives to be able to converse on his level?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Colo is still arguably our best defender, and we will need him in the run in. Mbemba has been at fault for a number of goals, as have Janmaat and Dummett, not to mention the errors and lack of discipline and effort in midfield.

    Should he be still be our captain and a certain starter, no, but he is because of other failings around him i.e. boardroom level, and an inability of managers/head coaches to express the urgency of the situation.

    Interesting to see a few people saying the summer signings weren’t McClaren’s. I distinctly remember some of the same people telling me they clearly were last summer when I said they weren’t, and had all been longer term targets. Thauvin was the only one they would agree wasn’t a McClaren signing. I still don’t think January’s were McClaren’s either, just a combination of circumstances.

    It will be interesting tomorrow to see what the ‘rethink’ that McClaren stated would happen during this break results in? Big changes? Formation, tactical, personnel? Looks like he will have a near full squad to select from, so very few excuses.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ve just got back to Malawi after a couple weeks in England meeting with a variety of football organisations, clubs and people. Had some really interesting chats on a variety of things, but it was several of the conversations I had in Scotland that are of most interest to this blog.

    Met with several people who’s kids have been coached by Cathro, who have worked with Cathro, who have run courses with Cathro on, or have been on the same courses. All pretty much said the same thing. He is an odd character. A very different style and methodology of coaching, and is quite aloof, the word ‘loner’ cropped up a few times.

    All described him as an innovative and interesting coach, but also one whose methods are so different and against the grain that players don’t always adjust quickly, or well to them – particularly more senior and established players as it breaks the routine that they are used to and comfortable with. They all said that is why he is best suited to working with younger players, or players trying to become something different to get that big break.

    Not entirely sure how that impacts on our squad, but potentially gives a bit more insight not the alleged bust up between Cathro and Simpson (very much of the more traditional coaching style). Still, I thought it was all interesting, but maybe that is just me being a nerd.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #13


  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #14

    So much quieter on here since the purge…. Were there really that many trolls/multiples/wums on here?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Seen as nobody is around….

    I agree, we are at the stage where he can’t say anything right. If he had come out and said they don’t have the ability, he would get slated, don’t have the attitude get slated, easily good enough – slated, great and determined attitude throughout the group – slated.

    In the end he doesn’t say any of those things and the message that comes across isn’t great, and the previous article was hardly a rallying call.

    Still, he can say what he wants as long as he gets tactics, formation and selection right on the day, and has the players committed, motivated and prepared for the match.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #16

    Final one of my soliloquy, then I’m off for a meeting.

    People talking last night about how difficult it was for McClaren to come in after such a poor finish to last season and the players heads being down, squad morale being low. McClaren was one of the few coaches who from Jan onwards could probably match Carver’s run of results. He was subsequently sacked, so maybe he also brought with him a losing and defeatist mentality as well as poor morale?

  • mindshaft

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #17

    I presume it’s quiet as we’ve had no footy to discuss … can’t see mcClarens tactics or formation changing much tomorrow do am expecting our usual away defeat … we really are relying on our home form and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that collapse as it all gets a bit bum squeaky

  • one fine day

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #18

    Lilongwe @12
    Maybe cathro would see it as step down, as I have heard he is extremely ambitious, but to me he would be the obvious person to hand over the academy to .
    Let’s face it we are going no where fast with beardo and Watson.
    As you said he seems to work a lot better with youngsters so why not have him as the guy to bring them through , grow with him and by then he will be the manager to reap the rewards , romantic? Yes
    Would be a refreshing change to see our own players coached with real planning and to the same system (unlike currently where not one of our sides plays in the same way making it hard for any player to progress to the first team until we are desperate and they are then forced into a side in one crisis or another , and we wonder why they often fall short?)instead of seeing us linked with over priced sub standard euro trash

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #19

    Lilo, interesting take on Cathro. He was in the studio when Barca were playing Sevilla on the weekend.

    Can you give an insight on the actual type of coaching he implements? Actual examples of the type of drills and sessions he does?

    I like thinking outside of the box, so it’s good to innovate. A lot of the time, new ideas which break the mould can be met with disbelief, negativity and doubt.

  • AncientC

    Mar 1, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #20

    I sincerely hope it isn’t going to be a 4231 with Cisse up front on his own. I would be all for Riviere playing in a 442, pressing from the front. Riviere and Mitrovic would definitely get themselves into goal scoring positions, it would just be a matter of counting on them to bury their chances.

  • AncientC

    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #21

    I think Cathro is working on a revolutionary new signals system that is indepicherable not only to opponent staff, but his own players.

  • BandB

    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #22

    When did “waiting to be convinced” become that pseudo character flaw known as negativity?

  • BandB

    Mar 1, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Withholding one’s plaudits from something which appears not to work was once considered common sense.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 1, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Touching on Lilo’s comments about Cathro, it would seem (if it’s accurate) that he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. McClaren and Simpson are obviously of the old school, dull-witted English coaching genre, so it’s hard to see how he could exert any influence at all if he has such a completely different approach.


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