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Monday 26 March 2012

Coloccini sidelined by hamstring injury

Newcastle defender could be forced to miss next four matches with problem

Argentine defender Fabricio Coloccini joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says skipper Fabricio Coloccini could be sidelined for four matches with a hamstring injury.

The 30-year-old came off at half-time in their impressive 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion because of a hamstring problem.

Pardew says Coloccini is definitely out of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match against Liverpool.

"We might lose him for three or four games, so it could be difficult without him," Pardew told the club's official website.

"The players deserve massive credit for a fantastic performance"
- Alan Pardew

"We will have to cross our fingers and hope that he's going to be OK for the run-in. He's certainly not going to make next week [against Liverpool] - I'm 100% sure of that.

"Fabricio is so important to us and to lose him will hurt us."

Newcastle are now level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea after producing an accomplished attacking display at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Papiss Cisse scored twice, with Hatem Ben Arfa scoring the other goal, as the Magpies reached 50 points for the first time since the 2005/06 campaign.

"[On Sunday] we played the champagne football that we are capable of," added Pardew. "Some of our first half display was fantastic. It was a really solid performance.

"The players deserve massive credit for a fantastic performance.

"I didn't think we'd be level with Chelsea with eight games to go. Maybe it might happen in the first 10 games if you get a fantastic start, which is what we did.

"To have the same points at Chelsea at this stage is phenomenal really and you have to take your hats off to the players."

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Key Points

  • Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini ruled out of Liverpool match
  • Defender suffered hamstring injury in win over West Brom
  • Magpies boss fears Coloccini could miss four matches