NEWCASTLE United have recalled centre-back Remie Streete from his loan at Port Vale – because of “concerns” over captain Fabricio Coloccini.
Streete has returned to his parent club less than a week after extending his initial month-long loan at League One club Vale until January.
The Magpies cut short Streete’s stay at Vale Park after Coloccini suffered a calf injury in Sunday’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Coloccini’s defensive colleague Steven Taylor had picked up a minor injury on the eve of the game.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – who has Mike Williamson back from injury – is hopeful Taylor will be fit for the Tynesiders’ return to action when QPR visit on November 22.
Coloccini, 32, will be assessed on his return to Tyneside next week following a break in Argentina.
“It’s a shame we lost him to injury,” said Pardew. “We’re a little bit concerned about that.
“It’s just a calf injury – not too serious, we don’t think.”
Pardew, mindful of the games Newcastle have between now and the New Year, felt he had to recall Streete.
The 20-year-old, from South Shields, had settled well at Vale, where he had been looking to get a run of first-team games under his belt between now and January 4.
The powerful defender had quickly got to grips with the physicality of League One football, and had also impressed Rob Page, the club’s interim manager, with the ball at his feet.
Speaking last week, Streete said: “I’m happy to have signed.
“It’s what we looked at in the first place – to come for three months until January – but initially I just signed the one month to see how I could enjoy it and if I could get myself in the team.
“I’ve managed to do that, and now I’ve extended it until January which I’m happy about.
“I think I have done well since coming in. Obviously, I had a few injuries at the start of the season, but at Newcastle I started to get back in to things.”
“And since I’ve come here, I think I’ve done quite well but there’s more to come.”
Streete – who is out of contract next summer – could return to Vale on loan later this season.