Fabricio Coloccini expected to be sidelined until May

Fabricio Coloccini
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Alan Pardew says that Fabricio Coloccini could be out of action until early May with a back injury.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has revealed that defender Fabricio Coloccini may not return to first-team action until early May.

The 31-year-old, who has returned to his homeland of Argentina temporarily, suffered a back injury during the Magpies' 4-2 victory over Southampton a fortnight ago.

"Colo has gone back to Argentina," Pardew told The Chronicle. "There's no treatment he can have, he's broken two of the bones in his back. We think it's going to be anything between three and seven weeks. He's gone back for a week."

Meanwhile, the North-East outfit are preparing to take on Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League final 16 tonight.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini applauds the away fans after the game at Norwich on January 12, 2013
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