Coloccini is out of the game tonight at the King Power Stadium after amazingly being injured in the warm down after the Lillestrom game that took place over three weeks ago.
It just about sums up the incompetence at the club when the captain hadn´t even played in the game but still picked up an injury which will have kept him out of the side for four weeks if he returns next Sunday against Sunderland.
Fabricio Coloccini and Rafa Benitez
Injuries are an area Rafa and his coaches will need to pay special attention to over these next nine weeks.
Colo has had a poor season and Rafa has to decide this week who will be his captain – but we have a feeling he may well stick with Colo.
That´s because of his vast experience in the Premier League and Rafa should be able to get the best out of the Argentine because of his considerable coaching prowess.
Benitez was asked yesterday about Coloccini:
“I have been talking with Shelvey, Coloccini – a lot of players..” “I didn’t have time to talk with everyone. I shook hands with everyone..”
“We had some meetings together on Saturday morning, talking about tactics and all these things that we normally talk about..”
“I have had individual conversations, face-to-face with some players. Coloccini was one of them.”
“On Saturday we had a tactical training session,” “We were doing some movements that I would like to do in the future.”
“And he was there, so he came outside to see what we were doing.” “I was talking with him, he was really confident that the team will do well because it’s a good team.”
With Mbemba still not fit we suppose Jamaal Lascelles and Steven Taylor will be the central defenders tonight and they will have to play very well if we are to get anything out of this game.
Steven may be one of the players Rafa can get playing out of their skins for him.
We need a few players to be doing that if we are to survive.