Newcastle boss McClaren could be left to rue January oversight if Coloccini injury is serious

Newcastle United should have strengthened their defence in January.

Much has been said about Newcastle United’s January transfer business, with manager Steve McClaren acting swiftly to bring in midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, winger Andros Townsend and striker Seydou Doumbia.

However, the one area of the field the Magpies failed to strengthen could be the one that ultimately makes or breaks their current campaign.

Newcastle’s defence has looked shaky for much of this season and with only four clean sheets in all competitions since the summer there is clearly work to do in that area.

When you also factor in that Newcastle shipped five goals against Chelsea last time out and have also lost 5-1 to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Manchester City and have conceded three or more goals in three of their last six matches, it remains to be seen why McClaren failed to strengthen at the back when he had the chance.

And now, as reported by Sky Sports, Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has suffered an injury during warm weather training that may rule him out for a while – something that could further highlight McClaren’s January oversight.

With summer signing Chancel Mbemba out with a foot injury and Steven Taylor only recently returning from a five-month absence, McClaren will be hoping he is not left to regret not adding to the four signings he did make last month.

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