Fabriccio Coloccini blow for Newcastle

INJURY WOES ... Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini.
INJURY WOES ... Newcastle United's Fabricio Coloccini.
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FABRICIO Coloccini is out of Newcastle United’s two Europa League games against Anzhi Makhachkala – and Stoke City’s visit to St James’s Park.

Alan Pardew’s side take on the Russian club in Moscow on Thursday night in the first-leg of a Round of 16 tie.

But back injury-victim Coloccini won’t be involved at the Luzhniki Stadium – or the return at St James’s Park seven days later.

Relegation-threatened United also entertain Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday.

“I don’t think it’s that worrying, but it is a back injury, so we have to be careful,” Pardew told SportMail. “I think a couple of weeks.”

The club’s captain suffered the injury making an overhead clearance in Newcastle’s 4-2 win over Southampton last month.

And there were fears the 31-year-old would be sidelined for more than a month.

However, Coloccini has a chance of returning for the visit to Wigan Athletic on March 17.

In Coloccini’s absence at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa made his full Premier League debut in the centre of Pardew’s defence alongside Steven Taylor.

And Pardew – also without first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul – was pleased with his team’s overall defensive performance in the game, decided by Swansea City substitute Luke Moore’s late goal.

“When you’re away from home, you need different qualities, and we showed everything that we needed to show,” said Pardew.

“The defence was sound. Steven Taylor was magnificent. The goalie (Rob Elliot) has made a couple of saves.”