NEWCASTLE United captain Fabricio Coloccini suffered a groin strain at Ibrox – but manager Alan Pardew’s confident he’ll still be fit for the new season.
Coloccini was taken off late in last night’s 1-1 draw against Rangers.
But Pardew’s hopeful he won’t be sidelined for any length of time.
And there was better news on the injury front with the successful return of goalkeeper Tim Krul, who made his first appearance since April, when he dislocated his shoulder.
“Colo has a little groin pull, but I don’t think that’s a big problem,” Pardew said.
Krul is now in the frame to start United’s season-opener against Manchester City on August 19.
“The big bonus is we have everybody available,” added Pardew.
“Tim has now played 45 minutes, and everybody else is up to speed. It’s good news.”
Rangers took a fifth-minute lead thanks to a penalty from Lee McCulloch, but and Newcastle struggled to carve out clearcut chances on what Pardew felt was a “long” turf at Ibrox.
“The pitch was a bit long for our liking,” he said. “It meant we had a slow pass out there.
“I didn’t think we were great, but we have really worked the guys hard this week, both on Sunday and Monday.
“We’ve worked as hard as we have all season. We were a little below our levels.”