Newcastle United latest: Including Sissoko injury and Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini

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Moussa Sissoko could be unavailable for Newcastle United’s last two games of the season with the knee injury that prevented him from playing against West Ham at the weekend likely to see him also miss the matches against QPR and Arsenal. However Alan Pardew has not written off Sissoko’s season entirely just yet.

One man who returned against West Ham is Fabricio Coloccini, and his teammate Steven Taylor has hailed the Argentine as potentially a crucial factor in Newcastle’s bid for survival:

“We have a great partnership together.

"The defence against West Ham was very good along with the midfield. We needed that. The fans wanted a response from the Liverpool game, and they got one."

Coloccini himself has hit back at claims made that he was not going to play for Newcastle again when he returned to Argentina to recover from his back injury. The defender is likely to discuss a return to his home country to play for San Lorenzo in the summer, but insists he always intended to return to help in Newcastle’s relegation battle.

The game at West Ham ended 0-0, but there was some controversy about whether an effort from Papiss Cisse did cross the line before being cleared by Winston Reid. However the 24 year old defender is adamant that he made the clearance in time.

There have been reports that it would cost Newcastle £10million to fire Alan Pardew as his contract, which runs to 2020, has not break clause of maximum severance agreement. Newcastle would have to pay out all of his remaining £1.5million a year wages to dismiss Pardew, with some speculation his position is in danger after a poor season.

On HITC this week we look at the Newcastle player keen to see Mourinho move to Manchester United, and also report on Hugo Viana, the Magpies flop now for sale in Portugal.

Sammy Ameobi has said that his spell on loan at Middlesbrough has improved him as a player, and he is hoping to make an impact in Newcastle’s last two games now that he has returned to St James’ Park:

“I’d love to be a part of the next two games and hopefully help them get a win. You never know – maybe I’ll be in the squad, maybe not, but hopefully we’ll get a good result at QPR at the weekend.”

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