We had thought that with the two week break, Fabricio Coloccini would be set to return to the side for the trip to Carrow Road a week tomorrow, but it looks like the 34 year-old will not make that game after picking up his calf injury in bizarre circumstances during the holiday in La Manga, Spain last month.
Colo picked up the injury during a warm-down after the 2-1 win over Lillestrom in a game he didn’t even play in.
The warm downs are done because they help prevent injuries.
Fab Coloccini – will not make Norwich game
Only at Newcastle can a player injure himself during a warm-down – and the Argentine has now been out for five weeks in what we suppose is another injury picked up during training?
If he doesn’t play at Norwich he will have been out seven weeks with that injury – which seemingly was totally unnecessary.
When asked for an update on Coloccini’s injury today, this is what Rafa Benitez said:
“I think Norwich will be too close for him. He is undergoing treatment and he is improving but when you have been away for a while. you need time to have match fitness again.”
Rafa doesn’t seem to rush players back from injury – and that’s good.
Hopefully Colo can be fit for the game at Southampton two weeks tomorrow.
The good news is that both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote were training yesterday and by all accounts they were going full bore in training, according to some of the local journalists who attended the training sessions.
It will be good to have both experienced players back in the match-day squad.
This is what Rafa said about the two player returning:
“Papiss Cisse and Cheick are training again. That will give us more competition with two more players.”
It seems any doubts the two haven’t shown the necessary fight, determination and dedication to help Newcastle in the relegation struggle have been firmly put to rest – and that’s very good news.
It’s the experienced players who can save us this season and maybe Cheick could even start the game in central midfield alongside Jonjo Shelvey at Norwich?.