Newcastle United's injury blow - impact for Sunderland, Chelsea, Spurs

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The Magpies will be without a defender for Sunderland clash, but could face a return against either Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur.

After fears Fabricio Coloccini's knee injury sustained on January 1 versus West Bromwich Albion would keep him sidelined for six weeks were allayed, hope settled in that he could make a swift recovery, however, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed that the Argentine centre back will not be fit for the hotly-contested Tyne-Wear derby on February 1, but could return for the trip to Chelsea the following week.

Pardew told the Shields Gazette: 'I think he'll return to training, maybe the Sunderland week. He certainly won't play against Sunderland.

'Maybe the week after [February 8 against Chelsea], or maybe the week after that [February 12 versus Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park].

'It's frustrating for Colo because he's desperate to play football - he just wants to play.'

Coloccini, 32, has been a Newcastle mainstay this season and has, in 16 Premier League appearances, attempted 19 tackles, made 37 interceptions and completed 70 clearances.

Newcastle take on Norwich City in their next fixture, on January 28, before the derby match against the Black Cats.

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