Newcastle in disarray with Coloccini facing three-match ban

RED CARD ... Coloccini.
RED CARD ... Coloccini.

NEWCASTLE United’s injury-hit defence has been left in disarray – with Fabricio Coloccini facing up to a three-game ban.

Coloccini was sent off in yesterday’s 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park for a lunge at Aaron Lennon.

I’ve looked at it from four or five angles and it’s not conclusive

Mags boss John Carver

Crucially, the club’s captain will miss the Wear-Tyne derby.

The suspension leaves head coach John Carver with just ONE available senior central defender – Mike Williamson – for the fixtures against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool.

Carver will today review the dismissal, but United are unlikely to appeal. If Coloccini is deemed to have deserved the red card for his challenge, it is likely that he will be fined by the club.

“I’ve looked at it four or five times from different angles in the dressing room, and it’s not conclusive,” said Carver.

“That might just be the footage we have. When it actually happened, from the reaction of the Everton players, I thought ‘that must have been a red card’.

“That was my initial reaction, but when I came in at full-time and had a look at it on a laptop, which is not the biggest screen, it was very difficult to actually decide.

“I’ll look at it again and if it’s worthy of a sending-off I’ll accept it. If it’s not, we’ll appeal.

“In all honesty, I tried to look at it from a number of different angles, and I’m still not convinced.”

Everton manager Roberto Martinez felt it was a red card from the reaction of Newcastle’s players.

Carver added: “I was only looking at their players because there seemed to be more of their players around the situation than ours. If it was worthy of a red card, he deserves a three-match ban.”

Carver – who has lost defenders Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett to season-ending injuries – had only just welcomed Jack Colback and Remy Cabella back from suspension and injury respectively.

If United lose Williamson or Janmaat during Coloccini’s suspension, 19-year-old Lubomir Satka – who has made just one substitute appearance for the club – could be pressed into action.

“It’s just one of those things when you think you’re getting somewhere on the squad size front, as in getting Jack Colback back from suspension, Remy Cabella coming back into the group again, and Robbie Elliot coming back,” said Carver.

“You think you’re getting somewhere, then all of a sudden you could lose your captain for three games – and a defender which, as we all know, we’re not blessed with many.”

James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley scored for Everton. Newcastle remain 11th in the Premier League with nine games left to play.