Newcastle captain facing month out with calf injury

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren is facing a defensive headache with captain Fabricio Coloccini set to miss a month with a calf injury.

Fabricio Coloccini is facing a month out
Fabricio Coloccini is facing a month out

Coloccini injured himself during the club's break to La Manga for a training camp and there are fears he could miss four weeks of the club's battle for survival.

McClaren named Jonjo Shelvey captain for Saturday's 2-1 friendly win over Lillestrom in La Manga, with Coloccini rested for the game.

It is reported he injured himself in the warm-down afterwards.