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Magpies yet to comment on Coloccini rumours

Fabricio Coloccini (right) battling with Arsenal's Theo Walcott last month Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United have yet to comment on reports that captain Fabricio Coloccini wants to leave the club.

Newspaper reports have suggested that the 30-year-old is eager to return to his native Argentina as soon as possible for personal reasons. However, the player has not submitted a formal transfer request.

Coloccini has become a fan favourite since his £10.3 million from Spanish side Deportivo in 2003. The Argentina international also signed a new four-year contract with the Magpies last year.

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Hughton expects Magpies revival

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says he expects Newcastle United to start climbing the Premier League table once their injured players return to action.

The Magpies have been without a host of key stars in recent months and have slipped to 15th in their absence, but many of them could be back playing over the coming weeks.

Hughton's side welcome Newcastle to Carrow Road this Saturday. Speaking ahead of the match, he said: "We know it's not one of the better periods for Newcastle, but we know what quality that they have in the squad. We know they're capable of winning any game."

He added: "Most people expect that once they get their bigger players and some of the injuries back that they'll start climbing up the league."

Mowbray looking for "huge win"

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says this weekend's game against Watford presents a real opportunity for his side in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

Boro go into Saturday's match at the Riverside knowing that a win could put them ten points clear of the Hornets in the Championship table.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Mowbray said: "It would be a huge win for us I think, which would really keep them at arms length and establish a real gap from the play-off positions for us. So it's a big game.

"I don't think of them as six pointers. I just think of them as the next game, another three points, another opportunity to add to our tally to get into the 50s points wise and keep going."

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Injury woes ease for Magpies

Newcastle United could welcome back a host of players for Saturday's Premier League trip to Norwich.

The Magpies have been missing some key personel in recent weeks and were forced to field a weakened team during last weekend's FA Cup exit at the hands of Brighton. However, some of those absentees could return for the visit to Carrow Road.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to back among the starting line-up, as is striker Papiss Cisse after both missed the 2-0 defeat at the Amex.

Full-back Mathieu Debuchy could be handed his club debut after completing his move from Lille, while his France international team-mate Yohan Cabaye could be named among the substitutes after recovering from a groin injury.

Speaking ahead of the match, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said: "Steven Taylor I think will be ready for Reading. Cabaye will certainly be ready for Reading.

"Jonas [Gutierrez] is fit, and he'll be available for Norwich. So we're looking like we're getting some senior bodies back in and around the team at a crucial time.

"We really need to get ourselves some momentum. So I think for our fans, who we really let down last week, that we give a really good account of ourselves at Norwich and start getting points on the board."

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No action after Kolarov inquiry

A Premier League footballer will face no further police action following an inquiry into alleged racist abuse in Newcastle.

Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov was accused following a dispute with two fans who were holding an Albanian flag at Newcastle United's St James' Park last month.

Police launched an investigation after it was alleged the fans were abused as the player warmed up on the touchline.

"We can confirm there will be no further police action."

– A Northumbria Police spokeswoman
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Striker says betting ban will help him fight addiction

Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra says he is likely to face a ban from racecourses and gambling establishments, but says the ban would help him to fight his gambling addiction.

It is well publicised that I have a gambling addiction problem and I see any such sanctions as being a useful mechanism in helping me to address these problems. As of this year, I’ve voluntarily self-excluded myself from all betting institutions from where I live in Ipswich in order to help me fight this illness.

– Michael Chopra
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