Newcastle skipper is said to be confident of their survival chances.
Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini was pictured alongside new boss Rafa Benitez at training at the weekend, and the manager says the Argentine is confident of their survival chances.
Coloccini is currently out with an injury, and is not expected to be fit to feature in the Premier League against Leicester City this evening.
Benitez explained that it was important Coloccini was there to see him impart his new instructions.
He told The Guardian: "On Saturday we had a tactical training session. We were doing some movements I would like to do in the future so he (Coloccini) came outside to see what we were doing and I was talking with him.
He added: "He was really confident the team is good and will do well.”
Unfortunately despite Coloccini's assertion the team is 'good', the league table suggests otherwise, with Newcastle in 19th place and facing a battle for survival.
Newcastle are in 19th position having won just six games out of 28, losing seven of their last 10 games including the last three in a row.
Their goal difference on minus 25 tells it's own story in itself, and Coloccini has not often been a positive himself with his own performances, but it says a lot about their lack of strength in depth at the back, that they could do with him returning as soon as possible.