Steve McClaren has revealed that Fabricio Coloccini has a problem with his Achilles and will almost certainly miss the final leg of the USA tour against Portland Timbers on Tuesday night.
The Newcastle Captain has already missed the games against Gateshead, Club Atlas and Sacramento Republic.
So far Jamaal Lascelles, Lubomir Satka, Mike Williamson, Curtis Good and Steven Taylor have all featured at centre-back in the three friendlies so far.
However, the defence has looked anything but steady, with predictably Daryl Janmaat the only one to look totally assured across the whole back four.
McClaren says that Coloccini has been able to train but apparently they haven’t wanted/being able to risk him in a match situation and due to Portland Timbers having an artificial surface, you would imaging that this will all but guarantee that the Argentine defender returns to England with no game time as yet.
On the squad’s return, there are three more friendlies against Sheffield United, York City and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Many fans would like to see United bring in two quality centre-backs but realistically we will get one at the most.
At his best, Coloccini is the one Newcastle central defender with real star quality, so it is worrying that his first possible chance of a game will be only two weeks before the season kicks off.
“It’s an Achilles problem and we have got to take care.
“He is 33 years old and he is getting a day’s training in, but he’s not played as yet.”
Chance for Steven Taylor…:
“I think it will also be difficult in Portland because of the artificial surface.
“It just gives a chance for Jamaal Lascelles to play and Steven Taylor to also come back.”