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Newcastle United are set for a huge game against Aston Villa this weekend, but under-fire manager Alan Pardew has been handed a huge boost by the news that defender Fabrizio Coloccini is set to return to the side. The Argentine centre back has been out since New Year's Day having sustained an injury against West Bromwich Albion, and his return couldn't have come at a better time, with the Magpies leaking goals at an alarming rate. Manager Pardew has been praising Coloccini's fitness, but also noted that striker Loic Remy and midfielder Cheick Tiote have also been active in training this week.
"Colo's worked hard, and he's looking better," Pardew told The Shields Gazette. "He was in all weekend, so he's had four or five days. Loic's available, Cheick's running and Colo's trained," he added.
As ever, there is plenty of off-field drama at St. James' Park, but last night's rumours were somewhat bizarre - even for Newcastle United. Speculation suggested that World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon was interested in purchasing the club from Mike Ashley in a bid to expand his brand. But, disappointingly for all WWE and football fans everywhere, the rumours have been put to bed by a WWE source, saying that the murmurings are "completely false".
McMahon was allegedly interested in buying the club in 2011, and with staging wrestling events at St. James' Park reportedly on McMahon's agenda, it looked to be an intriguing proposition - particularly with many Newcastle fans disgruntled with Ashley's reign as owner at the club.
There could be more bad news on the horizon for Newcastle fans, with the aforementioned Remy reportedly a target for Arsenal. The on-loan QPR striker is Newcastle's top scorer this season with 11 goals, but Arsene Wenger is looking to improve his attacking options in the summer, and a move for fellow Frenchman Remy could be on the cards, despite QPR's alleged £16m asking price for the former Marseille star.