Rafa Benitez has said that he is not optimistic that Fabricio Coloccini can return to play for Newcastle this season.
Colo picked up the calf injury after the 5-1 humiliation at Chelsea when the Newcastle squad went for a short five day holiday to the south of Spain.
It was in the warm down after the 2-1 win against Lillestrom that Colo damaged the calf – and he didn’t even play in that game.
Fabricio Coloccini – could have played his last game
When Newcastle returned to England it was thought at the time he had a decent chance of making it for our next game at Stoke City, but he still hasn’t returned and had a set-back in training last week.
It doesn’t look good for Colo as Rafa has said this today when asked if the captain could return this season:
“I hope so but the setback was worse than I was expecting. I am not very optimistic at the moment.”
We have three game left after the Liverpool game and our final game in on Sunday 15th May at home to Tottenham, so there’s just over three weeks left for Colo to recover.
It could even be that the Chelsea game turns out to be Coloccini’s last game for the club, since he could leave Newcastle this summer – whether we stay up or go down.
It’s certain that a top center-back will be drafted in this summer to fortify the squad – and we should have done that last summer.
Coloccini joined us from Spanish side Deportivo in August of 2008 for around £10.4M and he’s played 263 games with 7 goals.
He has one year left on his contract this summer after it was extended by former coach Steve McClaren last August.
Note: It’s exactly nine years this Saturday since I started this blog on 23rd August 2007 – mainly for those fans away from Newcastle around the world. It’s a one man blog so go easy on me in my retirement.