It looks like Fabricio Coloccini will be able to return to the side at St. Mary´s Stadium on Saturday and while we had hoped that left back Paul Dummett would also return it looks like the game will come too early for the local lad.
That would mean that Rafa Benitez would once again be without a recognized left back, so somebody would need to play out of position there.
Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko played there in the defeat at Norwich but neither looked comfortable in that position.
Fabricio Coloccini – likely to return on Saturday
But it will be good to get the experienced Fab Coloccini back in central defense and he´s been out since February 20th when he rather bizarrely injured his calf in the warm-down after the 2-1 win over Lillestrom.
That was during Newcastle´s short holiday in southern Spain after we had been humiliated 5-1 at Chelsea in the previous game.
If he returns on Saturday he will have been out for seven weeks and missed five games from which we have picked up just one point – the 1-1 draw at home to Sunderland.
Since this is the business end of the season Newcastle are not doing much business – and if we don´t start winning some games soon it looks like relegation could come before the last game of the season.
If Paul Dummett cannot make it on Saturday he should be available for the game after that – when we have two home games against Swansea on Saturday 16th April and then Manchester City on the following Tuesday night.
Two games we would have to win before the trip to Liverpool.
To say Newcastle have made a complete and utter mess of this season would be to understate what has happened.