In what was indicative of the incompetence at Newcastle this season Coloccini picked up a calf injury over three weeks ago in La Manga when we beat Lillestrom 2-1 but Colo didn’t play in the game but still managed to pick up the injury during a warm down.
We now have a new fitness coach with Rafa and his men in now so we are hoping that we can get players returning from injury and staying fit – for a chance.
Chancel Mbemba – what’s his status?
Coloccini is returning to training this week and we need him at the back if only for his experience, but we think he will start playing well under the guidance and tutelage of Benitez.
Benitez was asked about the fitness of the captain Coloccini:
“We have to check during the week.” “It’s difficult when a player has been out for one or two weeks.”
“We need to train and maybe on Thursday we will have a clear idea.”
Coloccini can play well when he has a mind to – and the other key player out injured is Chancel Mbemba who has probably been the best performing new signing for us this season.
He has been very steady at the back, but it’s unlikely he will be fit for the Sunderland game, but with two weeks before the next game at Norwich because of the International break he could be back for that next vital game in our survival struggle.
Chancel was injured at Everton on Wednesday 3rd February in the first half of the 3-0 disaster – and was said to be out for up to four weeks on the initial prognosis of his ankle injury.
He’s been out now six weeks tomorrow and on Physioroom.com he is said to be returning to training on March 20th – next week.
Having Chancel back in the defense would be very positive.
It would be good to get an update from Rafa on Chancel’s official status.