Steve McClaren to decide on Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini’s future only after he’s seen him play

Fabricio Coloccini
Fabricio Coloccini

Steve McClaren admits he doesn’t yet know when Fabricio Coloccini will play for the club again – but wants to see Newcastle’s skipper in action before deciding on his future.

Coloccini, who was at Bootham Crescent to watch his team-mates against York City, has sat out all of the club’s friendlies with an Achilles problem.

“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

But the 33-year-old was not fit enough to play against the League Two side, who won 2-1.

Newcastle have just one pre-season friendly left – Saturday’s home game against Borussia Monchengladbach – before the first Premier League match of the campaign on August 9.

Asked if Coloccini would play any part this pre-season, head coach McClaren said: “That’s a good question.

“We want to see him out on the field. At the present moment, he’s not. We have to get to that situation very soon.

“I’ve come in. He’s done well in training. He’s got a little niggle, but we want to see him playing.

“He’s the captain. he plays a vital role and the rest of the players are looking and want him on the field

“We hope that’s sooner rather than later.”

Coloccini has been linked with a reunion with former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, while reports in Greece have claimed that he has been offered to Olympiakos.

McClaren, however, is adamant that he wants to see Coloccini on the field before making a decision on his future.

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

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

“We just need to get him on the field.”

Meanwhile, winger Rolando Aarons was forced off against York with nothing more than cramp.