Coloccini concern ahead of Newcastle’s QPR clash

FIT ... Fabricio Coloccini.
FIT ... Fabricio Coloccini.
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FABRICIO Coloccini has given Newcastle United an injury scare.

The experienced centre-back was forced off against West Brom after scoring in Sunday’s 2-0 win and will be assessed on his return to Tyneside next week, having returned to Argentina during the international break.

Coloccini will, while in Buenos Aires, visit clubmate Jonas Gutierrez, who last week revealed he had been given the all-clear after treatment for testicular cancer.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew lost Steven Taylor, Coloccini’s defensive partner, on the eve of the game.

But Taylor and striker Emmanuel Riviere should be fit to face QPR at St James’s Park when the Magpies return to action on November 22.

Pardew also hopes that Coloccini will be available.

“I think Steven should be back for QPR, I think Riviere will be back, and I’m hoping Colo comes through,” said Pardew.

Asked if Coloccini’s injury was serious, Pardew added: “I hope not.”

An emotional Coloccini wildly celebrated his 62nd-minute header, having last notched in a League Cup tie away to Nottingham Forest in September 2011.

“I’m very happy to have scored,” said the 32-year-old, delighted to see Newcastle climb to eighth place.

“We have had some bad moments, but it’s important that we enjoy these times. I enjoyed celebrating with my team-mates and in front of the fans and, more importantly, getting the win for the team.

“It has been a long time since I scored a goal – too long. I can’t even remember when it was, and it was nice to put that right.

“But I just try to help the team and want to keep us going on this run.

“It has been a very good week for the team and a very good week for Jonas too.

“I am going to see him now, to spend a few days with him and give him all the messages of support from his team-mates, the staff, the fans and the club. It will be nice to see him.

“The goal was for him. It has been a great week for everyone.”

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