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Newcastle’s Coloccini out seven weeks with broken back

Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini is seen in the heavy snowfall during an English Premier League soccer match

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Newcastle United centre back Fabricio Coloccini will be out for up to seven weeks after breaking bones in his back, manager Alan Pardew said on Thursday.

The 31-year-old defender has returned to his native Argentina after sustaining the injury when he fell awkwardly during the club's 4-2 Premier League win over Southampton on Feb. 24.

"Colo has gone back to Argentina," Pardew was quoted as saying by local media.

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"There's no treatment he can have – he's broken two of the bones in his back. We think it's going to be anything between three and seven weeks. He's gone back for a week."

Coloccini pledged to stay with Newcastle until the end of the season after seeking a move away in January.

He will now miss both legs of Newcastle's Europa League last-16 clash against Anzhi Makhachkala as well as a string of important Premier League matches for the side, who are 15th in the table.

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