Blow for Newcastle as centre-back pair injured on international duty

Newcastle United have been hit with news that centre-back pairing Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor are set to be sidelined for a month after sustaining injuries while on international duty, Mirror reports.

This will come as a big blow for Newcastle and manager Alan Pardew, who were looking to continue a five-game winning streak ahead of some crunch fixtures in the coming four weeks.

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The Magpies will be facing three out of the league’s top six, as well as the Tyne-Wear derby against rivals Sunderland.

Argentina defender Coloccini has a suspected muscle tear while Taylor is struggling with a knee problem, injuries that could keep both players out for a month.

Midfielder Mehdi Abeid will also miss the Tyneside club’s upcoming fixtures, due to a broken toe he sustained while training with Algeria.

Coloccini is however the biggest miss for Newcastle, as the club captain’s impressive performances of late have pushed the Toon Army up to eighth in the table – including scoring a goal against West Bromwich Albion in the last fixture.

If both remain sidelined before the weekend, Ryan Taylor could star his first Premier League game in over a year at left-back while Paul Dummet shifts into the centre with Mike Williamson.