Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini suffered a freak injury on Saturday February 20th, after the game in southern Spain with Lillestrom during the warm-down and he somehow managed to injure his calf.
So it’s coming up to eight weeks now and Fabricio has still not played since then and our defense has been a mess.
It would help if the experienced Coloccini could come back in and he trained last week and he has trained this week, but the Shields Gazette is reporting he will not make the game on Saturday at home to Swansea.
Fabricio Coloccini training in La Manga
What is exactly wrong with Fabricio and why is is taking so long to get him back into action?
With Steven Taylor out and Daryl Janmaat maybe out with his groin injury and two broken fingers, we cannot see how a patched up defense once again will be able to keep a clean sheet.
The chances of a win are reduced and that’s what we desperately need if we are take what is even now a very slim chance of survival.
The defense has been even worse this season than it’s been over the last three season, when we conceded a massive 190 goals.
It’s a pity the brains trust at Newcastle didn’t realize our defense needed significant strengthening – but what’s new?
We have conceded 61 goals already in 32 games and three goals in each of the last two games and looked as woeful as ever at the back, so fixing the defense is not as easy as Rafa thought it would be when he first arrived.
Jack Colback is back from his two game suspension and Paul Dummett will probably resume at left back and it looks like Jamaal Lascelles will come in at center-back, because he’s the only one still fit to play.
Newcastle’s injury problems have always been ridiculous due to incompetence somewhere along the line, but the absence of Coloccini, who can settle the defense when he is playing well, has been a major blow these last six games.
It’s frustrating when you think how he picked up that injury when he didn’t even play against Lillestrom.
But everything is frustrating about Newcastle at the moment.
If we cannot start winning against Swansea on Saturday, it will be another nail in the Newcastle coffin – so we have to go all out somehow to get the win – but how we keep the goals out we have no idea.
And why is Coloccini still not physically fit when he’s trained for two weeks is a mystery to us.