FABRICIO Coloccini’s knee injury was today being assessed by Newcastle United.
The defender suffered medial ligament damage in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
And the club’s medical staff fear Coloccini could be sidelined for as many as six weeks.
That would see the 31-year-old miss seven games – including the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland on February 1.
The club’s influential captain had a spell out with a groin injury suffered on international duty with Argentina earlier in the season, and United manager Alan Pardew must now wait for the injury to be scanned.
“That looks like a four to six week injury,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“We’ll have to wait and see.”
Coloccini limped off the field shortly after his defensive colleague Mathieu Debuchy shown a red card, and Pardew used substitutes Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara.
And Sadio Berahino claimed all three points for West Brom in the 87th minute with a late penalty after Tim Krul brought down Matej Vydra.
“That (Coloccini’s injury) unsettled us,” said Pardew, whose side are eighth in the Premier League.
“We had to make changes at the back. I changed it three times. That’s never good news.”
Meanwhile, West Brom caretaker boss Keith Downing was delighted his tactics worked against Pardew’s men.
He said: “Newcastle came with seven wins out of 10 and have some fantastic players.
“We had to make sure nullified their strengths. I thought we did that and restricted them to few chances.
“I thought we created one or two really good opportunities.
“The sending off made a big difference and opened the game up for ourselves, but they always looked a threat on the break. We had to be careful.”