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Great News – Coloccini And Mbemba Fit For Sunderland

2:09 am, Friday, March 18th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

We certainly hope this news is true with the Mirror reporting they understand both Chancel Mbemba and Fabricio Coloccini are fit for the derby game against Sunderland on Sunday.

Chancel Mbemba has been badly missed by Newcastle since he’s been out with an ankle injury he picked up at Everton way back on 3rd February – so that’s six weeks he’s been out.

It was a mistake to play Mbemba on that night, because he was already suffering pain in the ankle/heel and of course he didn’t last too long and was withdrawn in the first half – a poor error of judgement from Steve McClaren.

So because we risked him against Everton he subsequently has missed five games and because we have been without one of our best players we’ve lost the last four.


Chancel Mbemba – could return on Sunday

The  Mirror is reporting he could now return alongside returning center-back and captain Fabricio Coloccini this weekend, after Colo also returned to full training this week.

Coloccini has been missing with a calf injury he suffered during the Magpies warm-down following the 2-1 win in La Manga against Lillestrom and we fully expect Coloccini to start playing well under the very experienced Rafa Benitez.

We expect Rafa’s press conference for the Sunderland game tomorrow, so we will hear then if both defenders are fit to play.

And it remains to be seen whether Rafa will change the center-back partnership from Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles, who started at Leicester City on Monday night – but we expect at least one change in the middle two.

Rafa is likely to start Coloccini because of his vast experience and Chancel too – if the former Anderlecht defender can prove his sharpness in training this week.

And Rafa is savvy enough not to risk either player, if they are not fully fit and ready to play.

One of the things that could help save us from relegation is to have all our best players fit for the final 9 games of the season and they will not be risked if they are not 100% fit.

That’s something that didn’t always happen under Steve McClaren.

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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santon03 // Mar 18, 2016 at 3:11 AM

    The only thing I’m worried about is the match officials. If the referee decide to give red card out of nothing or giving decisions in favor of the mackems then we are doom. There is so much that we can do, but referee decision is out of our hand.

  • 2 toonincheek // Mar 18, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    ALL managers say they would never risk a player unless they were 100% fit
    But it seems
    They are found out later to have done just that.

  • 3 brklyngeordie // Mar 18, 2016 at 5:15 AM

    Santon 03

    Well said must say yes we are in this position because we play like crap but feel honestly that I can say w/ no bias we get such a raw deal w/ officiating it’s unbelievable can’t even remember how many times I’ve watched us get a call against us and then watch us have same thing done to one of our own to have no foul or PK given truly frustrating, only Monday it was when there were two crucial calls missed with Vardys offside and Morgan’s handball and got the benefit of the doubt on either officiating is a Wild Card every game that we never seem to get go our way but hopefully this week

  • 4 Santon03 // Mar 18, 2016 at 6:33 AM


    I can’t say much about other games, against Leicester maybe a bit unlucky but it was always gonna be tough to go there, that’s why they are where they are. I only want to win this derby game so badly without madness from the officials. This is not just a derby anymore, it’s 6 pointer and could be the real turning point of our season, it could set the tone and get a lot of confidence to our squad to finish the season on a high.

  • 5 sing in the corner // Mar 18, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    Only 2 things wrong in that headline Ed in my humble opinion…
    The words ‘ Colocinni’ and ‘and’. Otherwise ok.

  • 6 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 18, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    My sentiments too – I got that awful feeling we will have someone sent off.
    Even with 11 players I still think we will get beat…
    …the players had given up on McClaren and their mindset was – couldn’t be bothered and I think it will take more than a couple of weeks to motivate them.
    And we have not got a natural goalscorer and the one’s we got Cisse injured, Doumbia not fit.

  • 7 Sir Braveheart // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    The Leicester game was always going to be too soon to do anything. Although we did look more organised athe the back and limited their chances, it was never a game we would get anything from.

    Sunday is the real test of if anything has changed. The first game you have the “new manager” effect. On Sunday we’ll see if anything has really changed. If Rafa can do something with the squad he has or if we’re beyond help.

    Very nervous for Sunday…

  • 8 sing in the corner // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    The makems must be due a sending off themselves, I think that is more likely than another for us. Rafa knows the score. Our goal scoring issues have been in the main away from home.
    The derby…That’s the wonderful thing about football, despite 6 excruciating losses in a row, the only thing they’ll be talking about for the coming year at least if we win on Sunday is the derby in which we condemned the animals to relegation!

  • 9 Santon03 // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:36 AM


    Hopefully the officials don’t give any game changing decisions, I’m confident we can beat them without any madness from officials.

    Not sure who will play upfront, but at defense I have more confident Colo Mbemba combination than Saylor Llaceles combo.
    Hopefully SDJ Perez combo, like:

  • 10 martoon // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    toonincheek @2 – To be fair most players carry some kind of niggling injury – if you waited for them to be 100% fit and no niggles then they would hardly ever play!

  • 11 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Take away the Norwich game our home record does not make happy reading
    excluding Norwich game.
    played 13 scored 15 = 1.15 goals per game
    in the 13 games failed to score 4 times

  • 12 Ron Knee // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    ‘Fox said “it makes sense for me to seek another challenge” following the changes in the Villa boardroom.’

    Can we hope for the same thing from Charmless one day?

  • 13 firebug666 // Mar 18, 2016 at 7:59 AM


    Would today be to soon?

  • 14 Ron Knee // Mar 18, 2016 at 8:02 AM


    We can but dream!

  • 15 sing in the corner // Mar 18, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Hmmm,I’m fortifying myself with positives wherever I can find em.
    It’s better than our away ratio!!
    Anyhow, I’ll take 1.15 nil for Sunday right now. 🙂

  • 16 sing in the corner // Mar 18, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    I’m going to join the clamour for Doumbia. Mitro battering up against O Shea…might work but can see them just cancelling each other out. One thing about Rafa, he will react smartly to what he sees. I’m fine with starting Mitro, Townsend to worry away and provide some service. But if it’s not working give Doum a try early. They don’t like pace in their central defence. I’m sure O Shea and co would pick Mitro if they had the choice.

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