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Newcastle United recently had defender Fabricio Coloccini can return to first-team training for the first time since February. He suffered a back injury in February that has kept him out of action until now. However, fans have not been welcoming of their captain after he wanted to leave the club in the last two transfer windows. Coloccini has been wanted to return to his home country – Argentina – to play for San Lorenzo – the club he supports. However, Newcastle have not been interested in selling the player. In fact, San Lorenzo were not able to afford the transfer fee of Coloccini.

Hence, it was rumoured that San Lorenzo wanted to take Coloccini on a free transfer, which is something that the north-east club did not want to happen after they had paid a lot of money for his services. He cost the club £ 10 million back in 2008. Many fans were of the opinion that Coloccini had played his last match for the club, but he recently returned to training. It suggested that the Argentine defender may well be part of the first-team plans this season. This has led to many questioning the attitude of the player, but manager Alan Pardew has come to the rescue of the player.

He has said that Coloccini is completely committed to Newcastle.

“Colo is 100% mentally ready. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. I think some of the stuff on the internet and in social media is absolute rubbish. It’s so far off the truth. Because of the result we had against Sunderland, in particular, it all seems to have gone into a spiral of conspiracies. It’s unfair if people are questioning his desire to get back fit. It’s very unfair, in fact, to him as a person,” said Pardew ahead of the Premier league opening weekend.