Interviewed yesterday, Alan Pardew gave the Evening Chronicle an update on the chances of Tiote, Coloccini and Williamson making the Swansea match.

Beginning with what looks a definite non-starter Pardew mentioned, “Williamson will be a tough call, he hasn’t really done much. He might have a run around in the reserves (closed door v Bolton on Tuesday), but to ask him to play in the first team is a long shot”.

As for Coloccini,  “It wasn’t like I spared him for next week, he just couldn’t play. We don’t think he’s too bad – he’s got a chance for next week”.

Finally, “Tiote’s a possibility, and that’ll be a big lift”.

He said: “Not only have we lost three key players, we’ve got our captain missing as well. It’s the spirit sometimes of people on the pitch that can make a difference”.

We might be wrong but for the manager to be commenting on possible availability so early in the week suggests two things.

Firstly, Alan Pardew clearly thinks everybody is in need of a lift and so get some good/better news out.

More importantly, while Williamson clearly won’t play, we would be amazed if either, or both(!), Coloccini and/or Tiote don’t appear next Saturday.

I know it was all bad news when it came to availability at Swansea but barring setbacks, we’d be very surprised if Pardew would risk undermining himself by putting out shaky information.

Away at Norwich was always going to be a tricky match but consecutive homes against Swansea and West Brom are clearly matches Alan Pardew will have targeted to get back on track…not that we’d suggest there was any way Tiote or Coloccini could have played at Carrow Road.