Newcastle’s Coloccini faces derby KO against Sunderland

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NEWCASTLE defender Fabricio Coloccini faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after limping off against West Bromwich Albion today – and is obviously a major doubt for February 1’s Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland.

The Argentinian picked up a medial ligament injury in his knee in the second half of the 1-0 Premier League defeat at The Hawthorns.

After the game, boss Alan Pardew confirmed the centre-half faces “four to six weeks” out with the problem.

To compound Newcastle’s problems, right-back Mathieu Debuchy will miss the next three games after his red card against Albion.

Pardew said: “It has been a bad afternoon. Not only do we lose Debuchy but Colo also looks to have done something to his knee.

“It is early days but we could be looking at four to six weeks out.”