Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini won’t play against Portland Timbers – leaving him short of match fitness ahead of the new season.
Coloccini has sat out the club’s first three pre-season friendlies with an Achilles problem.
It’s an Achilles problem, and we’ve got to take care. I think it’ll also be difficult in Portland because of the artificial surface.Steve McClaren
And head coach Steve McClaren has indicated that the 33-year-old won’t play at Providence Park tomorrow night in Newcastle’s final USA tour game given that the stadium has an artificial pitch.
“It’s an Achilles problem, and we’ve got to take care,” said McClaren.
“He’s 33 years old. He’s getting a day’s training in, but he’s not played as yet.
“I think it’ll also be difficult in Portland because of the artificial surface.
“It just gives a chance for Jamaal Lascelles to play and Steven Taylor to come back also.”
Coloccini – whose captaincy came under close scrutiny during last season’s relegation battle – will be left to gain match fitness in United’s final three warm-up games against Sheffield United, York City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
He has a year left on his Newcastle contract.