Fabricio Coloccini is ‘positive’ Newcastle can stay up, whether he is playing or not in the final dozen Premier League matches.

The United captain says his positivity comes, thanks to knowing of the ‘good quality’ within the squad.

At the weekend, the likes of Rolando Aarons and Jamaal Lascelles spoke after the 2-1 win over Lillestrom and said they couldn’t believe Newcastle’s desperate position in the league, when you consider the players Newcastle have.

As always though, it is down to actually doing it on the pitch and the warning bells are already ringing for many of us, who remember how we can kept being told that the 2008/09 squad was ‘too good to go down’.

Asked if there was extra responsibility on him as Captain, Coloccini agreed that was the case.

So depending on how long his injury lasts we can assume there will be no disappearing off to Argentina with the team in such a desperate position.

Early reports suggested around a month out with his calf injury but the club have claimed he could even possibly play next Wednesday against Stoke.

With Bournemouth at home less than 72 hours after that game, a more realistic return will surely be nine days later when Newcastle have the first of another two tough matches within a week – travelling to Leicester before then the home derby six days later (20 March)

Fabricio Coloccini talking to the Chronicle:

“I’m positive about that (staying up), we have good quality and we (just) need to take a few points and win a few games.

“If we do then we will be okay.”

Extra responsibility as Captain?:

“Of course, of course – all I can do is just try to play and give 100% every game and try to get points.”