International watch - Coloccini injury blow

Posted by Marc Duffy

Despite there having been only three Premier League games played this season, international week is upon us. We had initial call ups from national teams on three continents and other players left out.

Unfortunately we also had withdrawals from squads through injury. Here is a summary of how our boys fared with their countries:

Fabricio Coloccini (Argentina) The biggest blow of this international week came with news that our captain will miss 5+ weeks because of a hamstring injury sustained in the build up to Argentina's World Cup qualifier with Paraguay in Colo's home town of Cordoba. If it is five weeks that he is absent for, he will miss the Premier League games vs Everton (A), Norwich (H), Reading (A) and Manchester United (H) as well as the Capital One Cup game vs Manchester United at Old Trafford and the Europa Cup ties with Maritimo (A) and Bordeaux (H).

Shane Ferguson (Northern Ireland) Fergie withdrew from the Northern Irish squad ahead of their 2 v 0 defeat in Russia as his injury problems continue.

Hatem Ben Arfa and Vurnon Anita were not selected by their countries. Davide Santon, Captain of Italy U21 under their previous coach Ciro Ferrara, was again left out completely by new manager Deis Mangia. They didn't miss him too much as they beat Liechtenstein 7 v 0 in their Euro U21 2013 qualifying game on Thursday night!

07/09/12

Yohan Cabaye (France) 1 v 0 win vs Finland (A) (World Cup Qualifier)

Yohan started the game and played 72 minutes before being subbed. Reports indicate that Yohan's contributions included a couple of dangerous corners and a shot that was well saved, but that he didn't have his finest game.

Tim Krul (Holland) 2 v 0 win vs Turkey (H) (World Cup Qualifier)

A huge night for Wor Tim as he started his first competitive game as Dutch number 1. In a tough game at home to Turkey, Tim kept a clean sheet pulling off a good save from Altintop in the second half. He deserves his place and long may it continue.

08/09/12

Papiss Cisse (Senegal) 2 v 4 loss vs Ivory Coast (A) (African Cup of Nations Qualifier)

This is a game that potentially could have involved three Newcastle players, however Cheick Tiote was ruled out for Ivory Coast through injury and Demba Ba was left on the Senegal bench after supposedly picking up a slight injury. This was the first leg of a final eliminator for the ACoN taking place in South Africa in early 2013. Papiss was on the losing side but he scored one of the best headers I've ever seen! A world class goal. The second leg takes place in Dakar, Senegal, on October 12th nine days before we head to Wearside for our first derby of the season. These games are hugely significant for us - if Ivory Coast progress, we will be missing Cheick Tiote for a lengthy period just as we did last year. If Senegal make it through then both Demba and Papiss will be away and that is something that I don't think we could adapt to. Yes, neither were here for the same period of last season, but we had more options up top then with Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands still at the club. All things considered we could probably do with Ivory Coast qualifying, so this result was a good one for us. And on Demba's 'injury', he retweeted a message that a Newcastle fan sent him on Twitter which said 'on the bench? Is your manager mad?' Oh dear.....

With further games due to take place this week, fingers crossed that our boys play well and avoid injury. I will be watching closely.

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