Report: Newcastle still without Coloccini but Colback returns from suspension for Swansea

Newcastle United are still looking for their first win under Rafa Benitez.

Newcastle United could still be without defender Fabricio Coloccini for the visit of Swansea City at St James' Park in their crucial game in their battle to avoid the drop, according to the Shields Gazette.

Manager Rafa Benitez will be able to welcome back Jack Colback to the starting line-up after a two-game suspension while defender Paul Dummett could be handed a start after being an unused substitute during the 3-1 defeat to Southampton at the weekend. 

Steven Taylor looks set to miss the game after being withdrawn at half-time during the loss to the Saints with an apparent strain, although the Times reported yesterday that Benitez has lost patience with the 30-year-old and is unlikely to play him again this season unless the situation with defenders gets even worse. 

Right now, Benitez could do with all of the players at his disposal that he can get, especially at the back as Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet since his arrival, and conceding goals has been a problem for them throughout the season while they have not had the best of luck with injuries.

With Newcastle at home at the weekend, it seems imperative that they get all three points to try to bridge a six-point gap to Norwich City - especially with the Canaries playing fellow relegation rivals Sunderland at the weekend. That could be an opportunity for Newcastle to make up some ground on one if not both teams.

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