It’s nice to see that Fabricio Coloccini has been given permission to travel home to Argentina for a bit of treatment on his back.
Apparently our El Capitano has fractured two bones in his back after completing a rather acrobatic overhead kick clearance against Southampton over a week ago.
Colo is being treated by the Argentinian FA so it’s not like he’s gone home on a jolly or anything like that, but whilst he is there I suspect some of those “personal problems” that became apparent during January will be on the agenda. If you recall it was San Lorenzo who wanted him in January, and Colo wanted to go to them, but the fact they couldn’t offer any money for the player proved to be a rather large stumbling block and in the end there was no way out of his fresh new deal with United so he stayed, at least until the summer anyway.
So here he is pictured at a San Lorenzo reserve game, which is unlikely to quell the speculation that he’ll be away in the summer. This image was taken from San Lorenzo’s Twitter account and is no doubt being used as a PR initiative by them, but it doesn’t bode well for the longer term future of Fabricio Coloccini and United.
To be honest I don’t really have a problem with it. He supports them apparently, his Dad works there, and just because he’s fractured two bones in his back it doesn’t mean that he has to be strapped to a bed to recover or anything like that. In fact my Brother-in-Law has done much the same and is pretty much free to move about as he likes as long as he wears this bodysuit thing under his clothes which you can hardly notice in fairness.
However if, or when, Colo leaves he will be leaving more than a hole in our defence. He is our current Club Captain so that is a role that will need filling should he pack his bags and head home. Who is the man to fill that role though?
Yohan Cabaye has worn the armband in recent weeks and looks to be at the head of a French invasion which sees many of his compatriots line up along side him each week. Cheik Tiote has also worn the armband on occasion as have Jonas Gutierrez and Steven Taylor. For me Cabaye is the man for the job but who would be your pick to succeed Colo if he does leave in the summer?