FABRICIO Coloccini is desperate to rejoin Newcastle United’s battle for European football – but the club’s captain admits he’s unlikely to be involved against Liverpool.
The defender suffered a hamstring strain in yesterday’s 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion.
Coloccini was withdrawn at the break, with Newcastle leading by three goals, as a precaution by manager Alan Pardew.
And the 30-year-old will have a scan tomorrow to discover the extent of the injury.
However, the odds are against him being involved in Sunday’s home game against Liverpool, who are now eight points behind sixth-placed United.
And Coloccini, so important to Newcastle’s hopes of qualifying for the Europa League, is more likely to return for the Good Friday visit to Swansea City.
“It’s disappointing,” Coloccini told the Gazette. “I don’t know how bad it is yet. I have a scan on Tuesday, and I hope it’s not bad. We’ll see.
“Maybe I will miss the Liverpool game. If it’s a little strain, it’ll be 10 days, but I will give everything to be there on the pitch.
“Of course, I don’t want to take a risk. Maybe I get a worse injury if I take a risk, and could be out for three or four weeks.
“We’ll see what happens. I always want to play – we’ll see what the scan says.”
Two goals from Papiss Demba Cisse, and another from Hatem Ben Arfa, blew away West Brom inside the first 34 minutes at The Hawthorns. Shane Long pulled one back for Roy Hodgson’s side after the break, but the victory, in the end, was a comfortable one.
And Coloccini was heartened by the performance at both ends of the pitch, with Ben Arfa, Cisse and Demba Ba having tormented the home side in the first-half.
At the back, James Perch played well at left-back, and then at centre-half after Coloccini’s substitution.
“It was a great victory, and I think we’re getting back to our best,” he added. “We played very well, and it was a great result.
“We had to work well in defence, because we know they can score.
“I think in in the last five or six games we haven’t played well, but we did really well.
“Maybe against Norwich, we didn’t play well, but we got the result. We played well and took the points.”