Coloccini set to lead Newcastle against Monaco

NEWCASTLE SKIPPER: Fabricio Coloccini
NEWCASTLE SKIPPER: Fabricio Coloccini

FABRICIO Coloccini is set to make his seasonal debut for Newcastle United tonight.

And Cheik Tiote and Papiss Demba Cisse could also be involved when Alan Pardew’s side face Monaco in Landsberg am Lech.

Coloccini, Tiote, Cisse and Sylvain Marveaux watched Friday night’s 1-0 defeat to German Third Division side Chemnitzer from the stands along with Steven Taylor, who has a slight hamstring strain.

However, Pardew is says he will name a stronger side to face Claudio Ranieri’s team, with Coloccini keen to hit the ground running ahead of what promises to be a demanding campaign at home and abroad.

“We have a harder game coming up, so we’ll play a more experienced side,” Pardew told SportMail.

“We played a young side (against Chemnitzer), but nobody did themselves anything but favours.”

The Chemnitzer game saw summer signings Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana make their first appearances for the club.

“Romain played the full game, and Gael got 20 minutes,” added Pardew. “It was our first real look at them and for the fans too.

“They’re settling in well, and we’re exactly where we should be at this stage of the season.”

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