Alan Pardew has hit out at “conspiracy theorists” who claim that defender Fabricio Coloccini will not play for the St. James’ Park outfit again, reports The
Club captain Coloccini threatened to walk out of Newcastle in January, when he reportedly wanted a move back to his native Argentina for personal reasons.
He has hardly figured for the first team since the incident, but Pardew insists that the back injury cited as the reason for his absence is genuine, adding that the 31-year-old is fully mentally prepared to return to the team, and is rapidly approaching full physical fitness.
“I think some of the stuff on the internet and in social media is absolute rubbish. It’s so far off the truth,” said the former Southampton boss.
“Because of the result we had against Sunderland, in particular, it all seems to have gone into a spiral of conspiracies. It is unfair if people are questioning his desire to get back fit. It’s very unfair, in fact, to him as a person. A lot of his problems were around his personal situation and I don’t want to go into any details about that.
“But I do feel that his determination to come back from this injury could not be any greater. He’s probably in the best condition he’s been in for a long while. I don’t think there’s any substance in those kind of suggestions at all.”
Despite his insistence that all is well at the club, it is believed that finding a solution to Coloccini’s situation will be a priority once the season is over, with the club still focusing on avoiding relegation.
The Mirror also reports that he still wants to return to San Lorenzo where his father still works, but Newcastle remain hopeful that if this deal is to go through they can recoup a transfer fee.
However, as time goes on and the transfer window approaches once again, the Toon are said to be increasingly open to simply getting the player off their wage bill and accepting a fraction of their £7m valuation.
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