Fabricio Coloccini thinks that he might have been trying too hard…

Writing in the Newcastle v Swansea programme, Coloccini says he is ‘desperate’ to be playing in the relegation battle but thinks he might have pushed himself too hard in his rehabilitation from a calf injury.

In a bizarre incident, it was claimed that despite taking no part in the Lillestrom friendly, Coloccini had injured himself in a ‘warm down’ after the final whistle.

Picking up what was described as a ‘minor’ injury, the United Captain was expected to be missing for days, or a week or two at most.

On 1 March 2016 Steve McClaren said:

“Colo is extremely doubtful for the next two games but we are assessing him day-by-day after a calf injury.”

The following day (2 March) Newcastle were beaten at Stoke, then three days later (5 March) lost at home to Bournemouth).

Now exactly eight weeks after that Lillestrom game/incident, Coloccini is still not back, amid claims that he has now had a setback.

Maybe it sums up the state of our club very nicely at the minute, when seemingly you have the majority of fans doubting that the club’s best paid player and Captain is really injured.

Fabricio Coloccini writing in the Newcastle v Swansea programme:

“All I want to do is help the team get out of the situation we find ourselves in.

“In terms of my calf injury, I had a slight setback last week.

“I am desperate to come back so I was pushing as hard as possible.

“Maybe it was too fast but that was my decision because I wanted to be early and ahead of schedule.

“Now I have to take more time but I am still trying to get as fit as soon as possible so I can get out on the pitch and help the team in the final games.

“It is hard to watch games and not be involved in them.

“Whether it is from the stands or on the television I feel stressed.”