Fabricio Coloccini’s Newcastle fitness and future STILL unclear – a week before the new season starts

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

Crystal Palace target Fabricio Coloccini’s future is no clearer to being resolved – with the new season just a week away.

The Newcastle United defender was not expected to be involved against Borussia Monchengladbach at St James’s Park this afternoon.

I’ve come in and said to Lee (Charnley, United’s managing director) and the board that I’d like to see him playing. I haven’t seen that yet, so I can’t make a decision on the future.

Steve McClaren

Long-serving Coloccini, the club’s captain, has not appeared for the club in pre-season.

And Palace manager Alan Pardew is understood to be keen to sign the 33-year-old, who has one year left on his contract.

United coach Steve McClaren, however, has been keen to see Coloccini play before making a decision on his future.

However, McClaren has been unable to field Coloccini – who has been troubled by an Achilles problem – in any of the club’s pre-season friendlies.

McClaren said: “I’ve come in and said to Lee (Charnley, United’s managing director) and the board that I’d like to see him playing.

“I haven’t seen that yet, so I can’t make a decision on the future.”

McClaren has refused to talk about Palace’s interest in Coloccini, who has spent the past seven years on Tyneside.

Defender Chancel Mbemba, signed from Anderlecht this week, has been given permission to play against Gladbach.

And McClaren does not have many central defensive options for the club’s Premier League opener against Southampton on August 9. Mbemba, Mike Williamson and Jamaal Lascelles are vying to play alongside Steven Taylor in the fixture.