Coloccini injury concern for Newcastle United as skipper returns to Argentina

SKIPPER: Fabricio Coloccini in action against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID
SKIPPER: Fabricio Coloccini in action against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID

FABRICIO Coloccini has given Newcastle United an injury scare.

Coloccini was forced off against after scoring in Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.

And the defender – who dedicated the strike to close friend and team-mate Jonas Gutierrez – will be assessed on his return to Tyneside next week, having returned to Argentina during the international break.

Coloccini will visit Gutierrez, who last week revealed he had been given the all-clear after treatment for testicular cancer in Buenos Aires.

United manager Alan Pardew lost Steven Taylor, Coloccini’s defensive partner, on the eve of the game.

And Taylor and striker Emmanuel Riviere should be fit to face Queens Park Rangers at St James’s Park on November 22.

Pardew is also hopeful Coloccini will also be available.

“I think Steven should be back for QPR, I think Riviere will be back, and I’m hoping Colo comes through,” said Pardew.

Asked if Coloccini’s injury was serious, Pardew added: “I hope not.”

An emotional Coloccini widly celebrated his 62nd minute header in front of the club’s 2,700-strong travelling support.

Ayoze Perez had given United the lead in the first half with his third league goals in as many games.

Coloccini’s previous goal had come in a League Cup tie away to Nottingham Forest in September 2011.

The victory saw Newcastle end the weekend in eighth place – and level on points with Manchester United.

“I’m very happy to have scored,” said the 32-year-old.

“We have had some bad moments, but it’s important that we enjoy these times. I enjoyed celebrating with my team-mates and in front of the fans and, more importantly, getting the win for the team.

“It has been a long time since I score a goal – too long. I can’t even remember when it was, and it was nice to put that right.

“But I just try to help the team and want to keep us going on this run.

“It has been a very good week for the team and a very good week Jonas too.

“I am going to see him now, to spend a few days with him and give him all the messages of support from his team-mates, the staff, the fans and the club. It will be nice to see him.

“The goal was for him. It has been a great week for everyone.”