There is good news on the injury front for this Newcastle United defender

Fabricio Coloccini

Fabricio Coloccini could return to action before the Magpies next fixture on 2 March after his calf strain was shown not to be as bad as feared.

Newcastle United could have centre-back Fabricio Coloccini back in action for their next match at Stoke City in just eight days time after their official website revealed that the Argentine's injury was not as bad as initially feared.

The long-serving 34-year-old picked up a knock in the club's training camp at La Manga after the 5-1 defeat to Chelsea in the Magpies' last fixture, and there were concerns that the defender could be ruled out for around a month.

However, it has now been confirmed that although Coloccini, who has played over 250 games for the North East club, did suffer a calf strain, the problem is not as serious as it was first thought.

Newcastle's official website suggested that the former Deportivo La Coruna man may not even miss a single minute of competitive action with the issue.

Part of a statement on the site read: "The club's medical staff are working hard with Coloccini to try and ensure the centre-back is available for selection at Stoke City in eight days' time (Wednesday, 2nd March)."

Although this news will surely come as a boost for Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, for the club's fans it may be a disappointment, with many supporters having suggested that a long-term absence for Coloccini could come as a blessing in disguise.

McClaren, however, will be relieved to have as many defensive options to choose from as possible in the final three months of the season as the relegation battle moves up a gear.

Newcastle are currently third from bottom in the Premier League table, in the bottom three on goal difference with 12 games left to play.

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