Toon Crier: Focusing on Swansea Edition

Captain Colo is doubtful for Saturday's match with Swansea. - Stu Forster

Some links to get you set for Saturday's match

Newcastle have a little breathing room between themselves and the relegation zone. Still, there is an emphasis on "little". Depending on results this weekend, Newcastle could go nine points up or find themselves back in the thick of things in a relegation battle.

Alan Pardew talks up Swansea, but says that the goal for Newcastle is to catch them this season.

There's some question as to whether or not Fabrico Coloccini will be good to go for Saturday's tilt. If not, new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will fill in.

It looks like the much awaited return of Hatem Ben Arfa will be delayed a week. Pardew says he's disappointed with Ben Arfa's conditioning level.

Because injury news is all we talk about, it is confirmed that goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss five weeks. He'll miss this game against Swansea, plus games against Stoke, Wigan, Manchester City, and the Europa League matches.

Pardew is confident though that Rob Elliot will not let him down.

Sammy Ameobi is not the only NUFC player headed out on loan. Birmingham City have gotten Shane Ferguson. Ferguson hasn't played since the 7-3 defeat to Arsenal.

Club owner Mike Ashley bought fashion retailer Republic and that saved over 2,000 jobs.

Checking in on Swansea...

The Swans will look to be active this summer as they'll be in the Europa League next season.

There's no pressure on manager Michael Laudrup to sign a new contract.

Laudrup has set a goal for his club to reach 50 points this season.

Around SBN's soccer network...

7500 to Holte takes a look at Aston Villa's late match woes.

Our Bolton blog, The Lion of Vienna Suite got a chance to sit down with Kevin Davies.

Stars and Stripes FC says Landon Donovan should be welcomed back to the USMNT with open arms.

In MLS, New England has a similar issue as Newcastle: they have to be better on set pieces.

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