FABRICIO Coloccini is hoping to lead Newcastle United out as skipper against Turkish giants Fenerbahçe on Saturday night.
The Argentinian is yet to play for the Magpies this pre-season, having sat out their games against Chemnitzer and Monaco.
The Magpies do not want the 30-year-old to suffer burn-out and Alan Pardew has already admitted that he won’t play in every game next season, with the Europa League group stage something United will have to approach with caution if they get there.
Having left it until the last minute to decide whether Coloccini sat on the bench against Monaco, Pardew opted not to throw the South American into the mix.
So far, Steven Taylor, Tim Krul, Papiss Cissé and Coloccini are the only squad members yet to figure.
Pardew said: “We might see Fabricio against Fenerbahçe, we’ll see. He wants to be right. And he’ll do extra work to get there. That’s the type of player he is.”
United trained yesterday in temperatures of 17ºC with a sprinkling of light rain. The conditions are a far cry from those in America last summer when the thermometer was close to breaking point above 100ºF in the heat of Kansas, Orlando and Columbus. And while there were problems on the tour last year with injuries and unrest from the likes of José Enríque and Joey Barton agitating to leave the club, this year the mood has been a lot more relaxed in the United camp.
However, one disappointment has been an illness for Cissé. The Senegal striker has been forced to sit out both games so far and seems likely to miss the game against the Turkish Süper Lig runners-up in Ritzing in Austria on Saturday night.
Pardew said: “It’s disappointing for Papiss, he may not figure.”
The game, though, will see fellow Senegal star Demba Ba meet up with his close pal Moussa Sow. Ba was linked with a move to the Yellow Canaries but rubbished the move last Friday night.