Fabricio Coloccini could be missing until April, as the injuries really start to bite at Newcastle.

The club’s preferred media partner The Mirror have revealed on Sunday night that the Newcastle Captain sustained a calf injury during the trip to La Manga.

Coloccini was an unused substitute in the friendly against Lillestrom and The Mirror say that they understand the Argentine defender picked up the injury when ‘warming down’ after the final whistle.

The early reports claim he could be missing for around a month and whilst United are in the middle of an 18 day break without a match, they then face four games within an 18 day time span, culminating in the derby against Sunderland only four weeks today.

There then follows a further 13 day gap before the vital looking away match at Norwich.

Whilst the central defender has been poor to average this season, it means that Newcastle now face the upcoming matches with an all new centre back partnership, which is almost certain to be Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles.

With Chancel Mbemba out of action for an unknown period with his injury picked up at Everton, McClaren will be forced to play Lascelles and Taylor who teamed up against Lillestrom.

Thoughts will also turn to the captaincy, Jonjo Shelvey having taken the armband on Saturday before passing it on to Steven Taylor when subbed.

Moussa Sissoko has previously captained on the odd occasion, whilst Janmaat and Wijnaldum could also be considered.