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Newcastle United to battle double defender issues as European hopes take hit

West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United - Premier League

during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on January 1, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.

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There’s fresh trouble for Alan Pardew, whose defensive depth at Newcastle United took a massive hit thanks to Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion.

Early reports say captain Fabricio Coloccini will be out for “four-to-six weeks” after suffering an injury in the second half, while standout back Mathieu Debuchy will miss three games after picking up a red card.

Coloccini hurt his medial ligament and limped off the pitch, while Debuchy’s undoing is undoubtedly his fault. The French outside back made a sliding two-footed challenge that was very dangerous even if it got ball.

This opens up spots in the squad, one presumably going for out-of-favor center back Steven Taylor. Massadio Haidara has been a super sub as of late and seem the favorite to fill in for Debuchy.

The Magpies are set for a six-game run against Manchester City, West Ham, Norwich City, Sunderland, Chelsea and Spurs.

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