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Newcastle United captain and central defender Fabricio Coloccini has expressed his confidence that he will be able to return to the first-team action as soon as possible. The defender was forced to leave the pitch during the 3-1 win over West Brom during the weekend. It was initially feared that the injury could keep him out for many weeks, which would have come as a major blow to Newcastle United in their hopes of finishing ahead of Liverpool on the table. However, a statement released on the official site has confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini’s injury has not been as severe as feared, but the exact time frame for his recovery has not been revealed.

The statement confirmed that Fabricio Coloccini will be missing the match against Liverpool during the weekend. However, further details regarding the injury will be known only after the scan on Tuesday. The crucial match against Liverpool is extremely important given that the club are currently eight points ahead of the Merseyside club in the table. However, Liverpool can bring down the gap to just five points with a win at Tyneside. Hence, it is imperative for Newcastle United to prevent Liverpool from winning, and thus eating into their lead.

“It’s very disappointing. I don’t know how bad it is yet. I have a scan on Tuesday, and I hope it’s not bad. We’ll see. Maybe I will miss the Liverpool game. If it’s a little strain, it’ll be 10 days. But I will give everything to be there on the pitch. Of course, I don’t want to take a risk. Maybe I get a worse injury if I take a risk, and could be out for three or four weeks,” Coloccini told the Evening Chronicle. Newcastle are currently level on points with Chelsea in the table.