Newcastle United latest: Coloccini vows to step up in Pardew's absence

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Newcastle are preparing for their first game without Alan Pardew as they travel to face Fulham on Saturday, with the Magpies boss serving a seven game ban for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler. Assistant John Carver will take charge at Craven Cottage this weekend, but skipper Fabrizio Coloccini has vowed to step up in his role as captain.

"I always lead the team and give them my opinion but now I have to help even more. When I am on the pitch, it is my responsibility to pass on the manager's instructions and lead us.

"Now, that job is even more important without the manager there. I will be there to help John and hopefully we can get some wins, starting at Fulham on Saturday."

There has been some bad news for the Magpies though, with key duo Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy set to miss at least three games through injury. French striker Remy has a calf injury that could keep him sidelined until the end of the month, whilst compatriot Debuchy has a groin injury.

The news serves as a major blow to caretaker boss Carver, who will need his key players firing on all cylinders against a Fulham side desperate for points, but they could also miss upcoming fixtures against Crystal Palace and Everton.

Yet Debuchy continues to be in the news, and this time it's regarding his future in the North East. The right back, 28, has impressed on Tyneside and those displays have reportedly attracted the interest of Serie A side Roma - who are managed by Rudi Garcia, Debuchy's former boss during their time together at Lille in France.

Former Manchester City flop Maicon is currently the first choice right back at the Stadio Olimpico, but with the Brazilian slowing down considerably, Debuchy has been linked with a move to the Italian capital this summer.

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