Fitness update on Coloccini and six others ahead of Stoke match
Fabricio Coloccini is amongst a group of seven players with varying degrees of probability that they will be available for selection at Stoke.
The Newcastle Captain has now returned to training after suffering the calf injury at la Manga but faces a late fitness test before Steve McClaren knows if he is available,
With the crucial Bournemouth game only three days later, you can only assume that if there are any doubts they will keep him back for that match.
Better news sees Dutch pair Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong bith available again after their respective injuries, though hard to see either making the starting eleven.
However, a different story with both Jack Colback and Paul Dummett who are also now up for selection with 12 games remaining.
Assuming he is fit to start then Dummett would look nailed on to go back in at left-back after the disastrous McClaren experiment of using Rolando Aarons there.
As for Jack Colback, it may all revolve around Cheick Tiote who wasn’t even on the bench for the Lillestrom friendly and who has been only in light training in recent days, away from the main group.
Tiote appeared to be looking McClaren’s preference alongside Jonjo Shelvey but you’d imagine Colback would get the nod over Saivet if Tiote is absent.
Whatever is the case, I just hope Steve McClaren doesn’t go really defensive and pick more than one of Colback, Tiote and Saivet for Wednesday’s match.
At the sharp end of the pitch, both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse are doubts, back in training but neither even travelling to La Manga let alone having any pitch time.
The two of them look set for the bench with the ‘interesting’ possibility of Seydou Doumbia making his first start at the Britannia Stadium, having played the friendly out in La Manga.
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