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Injury News Doesn’t Get Any Better For Newcastle

5:19 pm, Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 95 Comments

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.

fabricio coloccini

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?.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Cheick Tiote · Coaching · Injuries · Management · Newcastle News · Papiss Cisse · Prayer · Premier League

95 responses so far ↓

  • 1 beermonkey // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    will colo play again this season

  • 2 BeeGuy // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Haidara and Mbabu more important than Colo now.

  • 3 NoahJ // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:33 PM

    I could think of worser things that coloccini still being injured. personally prefer mbemba-lascelles, and looking forward to having a recognised left back return (I think haidara is the best of those we have).

    funny one cisse. completely lost my patience with him with the jonny evans thing last season, and his incessant being offside, but I think him and mitro could be a powerful partnership

  • 4 BeeGuy // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    How can Rafa install a new system with so many players out with national teams? Does Norwich have as many players away?

  • 5 hibbitt // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:38 PM


    its the perfect duck out for him

    big problem with haidara he’s never fit bit of a sick note

  • 6 beermonkey // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:45 PM


    when mclaren got the boot i read an article saying he was doomed to fail as soon as colo got his deal
    it didnt go into why
    i wonder if he is a ring leader in the culture that rafa has mentioned and whether rafa will dump him out the team

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:53 PM

    Ian Toon,
    Could you please explain your waffle from earlier which described me as being wise after the event. Which event?

  • 8 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    I wasn’t party to the conversation , but Ian Toon paid you a compliment.
    He said you were NOT wise after the event and had called it right from the outset.
    Go back and re-read it.

  • 9 jimmysmith // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Collo on song is far and away our best CB. Has a stinker from time to time, but I have faith in Rafa to be able to get his head right for these big remaining games, so disappointing news, particularly with Haidarra also out. Am I being one eyed, or are we unable to take a trick this season, to add to our many woes. A slice of luck seems overdue.

  • 10 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    I’ll look out for father and son.

    I think you must talking about Clibbens who’s the left back. His dad has recently quit as CEO. Young Clibbens is currently out with a knee injury.

    Your nephew’s lad will be up against an under 16, I believe. Huddersfield have had a trialist from Everton playing at left back, a lad called Myers who’s done very well. However, he’s starting on the bench tomorrow for some reason.

  • 11 jimiley // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    If we lose to Norwich we are gannin doon with the Mackems. End of.

  • 12 Dagwoodz // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:26 PM

    Toonbrother will be happy to hear this…

  • 13 Munster Mag // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Jmiley i think if we draw with norwich it may not be enough. Hopefully rafa will see his error of twice putting sissoko on the left. Either 442 with sissoko on right or 4231 with him on right. Or bench him.

  • 14 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    To say someoneone is NOT wise after the event … I’m not sure that’s a compliment. Haha.

  • 15 WWSBRD // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Tiote, Cisse and de Jong being fit could be huge for us in the run of games, curious to see if Rafa drops our invisible man and gives de Jong and Tiote starts

  • 16 jimmysmith // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    A draw would be ok. Even a defeat, might not prove to be catastrophic, considering its away. I think Keegan is right about the home games being must wins, and the most realistic source of points, with the crowd behind us, and why the pessimism after the derby result was justified. We will likely need 14 points out of the 24 on offer. Norwich are not great in attack. Rafa might engineer a point and that would be a decent result.

  • 17 Tsunki // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Maybe Jail was wise before AND after the event. Or possibly not wise before or after? What event btw?

  • 18 Tsunki // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    Well it is starting to look like puffing Fab up there is chickening out of the run-in now. That’s his chicken expression up there. Not a bad one.

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    If he didn’t constantly speak in bohemian riddles he would be easier to understand.

  • 20 AncientC // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Coloccini, possibly set to become the 2nd highest paid CB in the history of the championship, after Coloccini the 1st.

    Should the club go down once again, the legacy of Coloccini’s exploits in the Championship shall be unrivaled.

  • 21 Toon Tang // Mar 25, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Who are we besmirching tonight lads? I want in

  • 22 AncientC // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Sports Direct shares holding steady at 350 pence. For now. heh.

  • 23 jimmysmith // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    I think Collocini is fairly low on the list of causes for our problems. He’s
    suffered as much as anyone from having to play in lopsided, half baked 11’s.

  • 24 Belfast // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    I would love to know why we’re having to endure a two week international break at Easter? Two meaningless friendlies at the business end of the season. Great idea that was.

    Hopefully there’s some old episodes of brookside on somewhere at the same time.

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    I right behind the lads and you won’t hear talk of relegation from me but I have to disagree with your statement that a defeat against Norwich won’t be catastrophic. It’s all over if we lose at Carrow road. Not only do they go six points ahead but if we can’t get something from one of the worst four clubs in the division, how are we meant to gain six points on them with seven games to go, with Lpool, Spurs and M City in amongst them. If we don’t win it is out of our hands with both the mackems and Norwich and to rely on two teams results while getting our own will be out of our reach. A 2-0 win with the mackems losing will be a ray of sunshine.

  • 26 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:09 PM

    From the Times
    A letter sent by NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless to Football Association chairman Greg Dyke on Thursday said:-
    “The NSPCC’s concern lies not in the behaviour of a single individual — although that is horrifying — but in the approach taken by Sunderland… We are worried this could be a cultural problem within football as a whole”

    Sunderland may think they have nipped it in the bud with chief executive Margaret Byrne resigning on March 8 after she accepted making a “serious mistake” in being party to letting Johnson play on for nearly a year.

    However I don’t think this is going to go away in the current climate.

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Colo still out injured, that’s bloody good news, he’s so slow running i could piss faster.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    This two week break could only come at a beeter time if it had of been after the Bournemouth or Leicester game, it is exactly what we needed and gives Rafa time with most of the squad. Shame he never had the time in La Manga instead of that last hopeless auburn/ginger tw@t.

  • 29 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    As there’s no news and we are not playing this weekend anyone fancy a game of i spy.

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    I play I spy with my four year old!

  • 31 toon kk // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    Colo isn’t bothered if he’s injured, he may not like the pain but he certainly isn’t missing the football. He has been a lazy ball decker most of the season.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    I see Jib yet again trying to squirm his way out of wholeheartedly backing Mclaren by saying nobody could have predicted the calamity that unfolded. Maybe nobody predicted the complete mess we’d be in but a lot of us predicted that the unambitious, uninspiring signing of a sacked and washed up Championship manager wasn’t going to be good, Jib even went as far to say that he should not be sacked if he didn’t reach his target of eighth. For someone who has claimed that those of us that want better were anti NUFC then surely wanting to keep Mclaren here till the bitter end must show a hatred of the Toon more bitter than anyone in Pennywell or Hendon.

  • 33 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    Grumpy Jail

    And i bet he wins all the time.

  • 34 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    A bizarre injury takes a long time to heal. Thankfully.
    Mbemba and Lascelles look like the future for us. But this is no time for them to mature into a partnership sadly

  • 35 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Mcclaren wasn’t given time, doesn’t help when players don’t want to play for you, bring back Mr P down at selhurst park.

  • 36 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    What happens if we don’t win any of our remaining games, what would that make Benitez.

  • 37 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:31 PM


    Here’s one for you:-

    Jib // Jan 26, 2016 at 1:11 PM
    I think McClaren is part of a long term plan .If relegation should happen “que sera sera”
    We are 6 months into a new direction , poor start , but probably a good finish.

  • 38 AncientC // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    My worry is that Ashley has let the rot set in too long. The time to invest (net spend) money in the squad had long past, leaving the club in a difficult, if not desperate situation to sign players.

    How many of those given extended contracts last summer, and the new players signed over the last 2 windows, were willing to take a hit on their wages if the club goes down?

    The club weakened its transfer negotiation leverage when it was allowed to become one of the worst sides in the Premier League… factor in the chutzpah of the owner, who believes breaking the emergency glass and spending at the last minute is the answer… what are you left with? A club now playing roulette with chips doubled down on a few more numbers.

    I believe with Benitez & his coaching team, that we stand a chance to get out of this whirlpool, but it should never have been allowed to get to this point in the first place.

    *Here is hoping Mike Ashley wakes up to himself, and cashes in his retirement, leaving SD workers and NUFC to get on with their business*

  • 39 SPRINGY // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    evening all
    maybe saying colo being injured is less of a slap in the face for the captain then to say hes been dropped?

  • 40 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    You are both right.

    I got it totally wrong.

    But I don’t think I squirmed.

    After the Bournemouth game I fronted up like a man and I held my hands up and said I got it wrong.

    The childish gloating is very unseemly.

    But I just wonder if there may be a bit of deflection away from the comment I posted on the Mackem kiddyfiddler ?

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    I see Monkers blaming the fans for Mclarens departure because he never had the balls to admit they sacked him because he was taking us down, ”when the fans turn against you it’s hard to carry on” it didn’t stop them from letting Pardew take dogs of abuse for guiding us to mediocrity and he’s still be here despite losing the fans if he hadn’t of walked, some neck on him.

  • 42 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    You squirm all the time,it’s not gloating at all just pointing out that you you seemed very happy to exit cups and finish tenth to seventeenth because that’s what loyal fans do.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    And what’s the bit about deflection from kiddie fiddlers you low life !

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Either explain your comment about Mclaren needing time or get back to wiping bogies on your bedroom wall as it looks like you’ve been grounded tonight while your mates are drinking cider in Mr Jenkins field deciding who’s turn is it next.

  • 45 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    There’ll be a minute’s applause for Johann Cruyff at the Amsterdam Arena no doubt.
    I hope if Wijnaldum plays , he knacks Sissoko 😎

  • 46 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Why do you hope that you buffoon!

  • 47 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Grumpy Jail

    I don’t have to explain anything, don’t like my comments, don’t read them, simple really.

  • 48 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Wijnaldum no start
    But Luuk de Jong does !

  • 49 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Both sides naming 11 subs
    Going to be an exhibition match this

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:52 PM

    Of course you do, why did Mclaren need more time, he was taking us down and you know it, you are just being a tw@t like normal.

  • 51 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Where’s Mister Tiff and his outrage over JFAs red-head revilement?

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Shut it four eyes!

  • 53 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Grumpy Jail

    Thanks for the compliment.

  • 54 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 7:59 PM


    Feisty mood tonight? Ran out of meds?

  • 55 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    None of you going to pull welsh for his blatant and idiotic statement about Mclaren needing more time and the sinking like a stone Alan Pardew returning when he doesn’t believe either?

  • 56 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    Unfortunately managers don’t last long these days, they are not given time, it took fergie about 6 years to win his first trophy.

  • 57 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Grumpy Jail

    So when did you want mcclaren out, before the season started, before Christmas or after Christmas.

  • 58 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Besides when we got mcclaren who else at the time was available.

  • 59 Back Door Man // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    Jib – I had to re-read your post @26 regarding that scum perv after having quickly scanned it. I thought you wrote NSPCA and wondered if they were going to take a position on the pervs alleged liking for ‘donkey and piggy’ sex, as per the thousands of images on his laptop. Plus, the quacks confirmed all the meds in pervs safe (who keeps their tablets in a safe, for Gods sake!) were for his spotty knob and other assorted todger diseases. We all know they indulge in some pretty vile and perverted behaviour in that squalid mackem settlement but really you couldn’t make this up.

  • 60 Mag52 // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:09 PM


    Without in any way wishing to appear to be supporting any action or non action which that pr@t Charnley may have taken, it might be worth mentioning that if he had succumbed to mob pressure at the time the anti AP protests were at their height, we’d have spent this season in the championship under Carver or possibly McClaren, certainly not with Benitez at the helm.

  • 61 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Nederland zijn verdomde slecht

  • 62 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    I think Jail has finally succumbed to his Eastertime piss up.
    He’s probably snoring under his computer desk.
    What a head he’s going to have in the morning !

  • 63 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    SDJ in an exhibition match, I can guess what the outcome of that will be.

    Get the gurney ready!

  • 64 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    Change yer glasses ffs
    I said
    Luuk de Jong

  • 65 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:46 PM


    I think Moncur was trying the scattergun approach to avoid the Board taking responsibility.
    But the fans had nowhere near got on his back like AP, and they didn’t sack him, just replaced him with an inferior version.

  • 66 Jib // Mar 25, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Luuk de Jong scores !
    That Jetro Willems looks a bit tasty at full back.

  • 67 Ian Toon // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Has Jail finished doing his impersonation of Roy Keane?

  • 68 Ian Toon // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Hopefully. In his state I didn’t really want to walk him through- benefit of hindsight, wise after the event and Monday morning quarterback!
    I actually told him he was a prophet but he just couldn’t come to terms with me paying him a compliment.

  • 69 Ian Toon // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:10 PM

    21C- I listened to Moncur on radio 5’s Garry Richardson Sportsweek last Sunday. He said pretty much the same things. Linking our inability to score more than 7 goals away from home and only winning two games as much blaming the team as Macca.
    He wasn’t grilled but equipped himself very well on the grounds of time for a change.

  • 70 Ian Toon // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Or= as

  • 71 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    I do beg your pardon, I will try to be more attentive in future.

    Still on the plus side SDJ won’t get injured!!

  • 72 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Wrong AGAIN Jibberish, I’m currently 197 miles off the coast of Aberdeen and the nearest I’ll get to an Easter pi$$ up is a Blue Becks.
    The height of anti Pardew stance was the Cardiff game, long before the rabble/crowd/mob etc. Had we sacked Pardew then and got a decent manager in the summer we might be in the same position as W Ham now and nowhere near the Championship, just because the powers that be wouldn’t have chosen a Billic or a FDB has nothing to do with Pardews dire and mediocre brand of football.

  • 73 Munster Mag // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Essex, not sure why u called me a pessimist for thinking it more likely that we will go down. We created very little against leicester and mackems and were 6 mins away from relegation imo. I am just glad that rafa gets more time to coach now. If we mess up, and go down, missing out on pearson will hurt.

  • 74 lesh // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:48 PM

    I wonder if Colo’s ‘injury’ is the face-saving explanation that he might just be out of Rafa’s thinking for the run-in – and maybe the departure lounge at the end of the season?

  • 75 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Munster, we’ve already messed up, how can we mess up and go down. If we go down it will be down to the incompetence of what has gone on for the last few years not what is about to happen over the next two months.

  • 76 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:58 PM


    It was just a harmless little joke, nothing offensive intended.

    I do get what you were saying but until the fat lady sings I remain vaguely optimistic. There’s time for doom and gloom in the championship.

  • 77 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Collo’s injury is another duty shirking skive from our curly haired, yellow bellied ageing star after a last pay day.

  • 78 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Well it’s blowin F6+ here on the west coast so you’ll get it tomorrow morning.

    Ian – I think you’ve confirmed my feeling that Moncur’s choice of words was a bit weasely (the animal not the boy wizard).

  • 79 Jail for Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Essex GB,
    Of course we have to remain optimistic, there are still plenty of points to play for, we just have to produce the best form we’ve seen in a couple of years, the players can do it, it’s just about getting them to believe in themselves.

  • 80 Munster Mag // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Jail i was saying mess up generically…i go down

  • 81 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:12 PM


    And some decent refereeing would help for a change.

    Whats the odds on us getting a penalty in the remaining games.

  • 82 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:15 PM


    I take it you are out in the North Sea, how do you connect to the net.

  • 83 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Don’t think we will any of our remaining games to be honest.

  • 84 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:18 PM

    Not being funny but if we can’t beat the likes of Bournemouth and Sunderland at home then who the hell are we going to beat.

  • 85 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    Jail will beat you if you carry on with this negativity, Welsh.

  • 86 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley

    Jail can kiss my ……………….

  • 87 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    He likes me really.

    Ha ha ha

  • 88 Tsunki // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:03 PM


  • 89 Hail Wor Ashley // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    I just can’t get used to the resident grouch being the most positive poster.

  • 90 Belfast // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    Aye bring back grumpy Jail.

  • 91 Belfast // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    And Jesper.

  • 92 Belfast // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Stunned them all into silence..

  • 93 Belfast // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Warriors, come out to play….

  • 94 welshgeordie9 // Mar 25, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Carry on Belfast you are doing a good job, so I’ve put you on night shift to take charge.

    Ha ha ha

  • 95 jimmysmith // Mar 26, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    Ed, the blog needs another one one of your “Rafa The Sexy Beast” type articles to breathe some life back into it.

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