Coloccini cheers on side from stands – and set to return against Chelsea

IN TRAINING ... Fabricio Coloccini.
IN TRAINING ... Fabricio Coloccini.

FABRICIO Coloccini closing in on a return for Newcastle United – after cheering his team-mates on at Turf Moor.

Coloccini has been sidelined for almost a month with a calf problem.

But the defender is back in training, and United manager hopes to have his captain available for Saturday’s home game against Premier League leaders Chelsea.

The 32-year-old made the journey to Lancashire yesterday to watch the 1-1 draw against Burnley.

Papiss Demba Cisse claimed a point with a second-half equaliser, with George Boyd having opened the scoring before the break.

Coloccini is hopeful he will be available to face Jose Mourinho’s side.

Pardew will also have back midfield pair Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko, who missed last night’s game through suspension.

“Hopefully, we’ll have one or two back,” said Pardew, who is upbeat ahead of the Chelsea game.

“Jack and Moussa will be back, nice and fresh, and maybe the captain too.

“This was the ideal situation for Coloccini – he has that air of authority.

“We lacked that a little bit. It’ll be nice to see him.

“We’re in great form. We’re looking forward to Chelsea. I think it’ll be a great day.”

Mike Williamson, Daryl Janmaat, Massadio Haidara and Mehdi Abeid were all passed fit to play against Burnley at the 11th hour.

Williamson, however, was substituted at the break, and Pardew felt his “focus” wasn’t right during a first half when United were exposed defensively.

“We were sweating in the warm-up that we’d get news that one of them wasn’t going to make it,” said Pardew.

“Willo wasn’t quite right in his focus.

“He had a court appearance he had to do. He wasn’t really as good as he has been.

“That’s when you need your experienced players, and Cheik Tiote and (Steven) Taylor made a difference second half.”