Newcastle suffer injury blow with captain Coloccini out for a month
21:49 GMT, 28 March 2012
Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini could be out for up to a month after suffering a hamstring tear.
The Argentina international's latest injury is a major blow to Newcastle's European qualification hopes.
It will force Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to make changes to his back four and former Nottingham Forest defender James Perch is expected to return to central defence alongside under-fire Mike Williamson.
Missing for a month: Fabricio Coloccini is out with a hamstring injury
However, Pardew is hopeful Cheik Tiote and Ryan Taylor will be back for Liverpool's visit to Tyneside this Sunday.
Utility player, and Liverpool fan Taylor has missed the last three games with a calf injury, but he is likely to return at left-back at the weekend. His return will be another blow for former Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon who has been struggling for form since his arrival last summer.
Central role: James Perch is expected to return to centre back
The biggest boost will be the return of Ivory Coast enforcer Tiote who has been absent for the last two matches with a hip injury. But former Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie is again set to miss out if the African midfielder returns, which is certain to hasten his exit from Newcastle in the summer.
Aston Villa are favourites to sign Guthrie on a free transfer.