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Coloccini denies fighting on Newcastle team bus

Fabricio Coloccini has denied rumours of fighting on the Newcastle bus. Credit: PA

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini has denied that players fought on the bus back from their disastrous defeat at Leicester.

The Magpies slipped to within two points of the Premier League relegation zone as a result of their 3-0 reverse at the King Power Stadium last Saturday, prompting a week of blood-letting on Tyneside.

Writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday afternoon's home clash with West Brom, Coloccini said:

The dressing room after the game was angry at the result and the performance. However, I have read things this week that said there was fighting between the players in the dressing room and on the bus. That is not true at all.

Everything that was said was positive and constructive as everyone is trying their best to push the team back up the league.

– Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini


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Gutierrez and Carver resolve Newcastle training ground spat

Jonas Gutierrez will return to the Newcastle squad for the game against Swansea. Credit: PA

Jonas Gutierrez will return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea after settling his differences with head coach John Carver.

The 31-year-old Argentinian, who has returned to fitness after winning his battle against testicular cancer, was conspicuous by his absence from the matchday 18 for Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Tottenham, and Carver later declined to discuss the situation.

However, the two men sat down together on Monday and have shaken hands and put a training ground disagreement behind them.

Carver said: "There was a situation on the training ground, which happens at every club. We've got together, had a conversation, shaken hands like two grown men and we're moving on.

"Without going into too much detail - because I think what happens on the training ground or dressing room stays there - as far as we're both concerned, he trained with us on Monday, we had a conversation, it was a private conversation, no hard feelings. We've shaken hands and we're moving on."

Asked if Gutierrez would be included in the squad this weekend, Carver said: "Absolutely."

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