The 31-year-old central defender broke two bones in his back after landing awkwardly as he made a spectacular overhead clearance during United's 4-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Southampton on February 24!
With all the special medical treatment players go through these days, I don't believe it has taken two weeks to find out Colo has a broken back.
Coloccini has been allowed to return to his native Argentina for a week to work with his national association's medical team, but Pardew is expecting him to be sidelined for some time.
Alan Pardew: "Colo has gone back to Argentina. There's no treatment he can have - he's broken two of the bones in his back.
"We think it's going to be anything between three and seven weeks. He's gone back for a week."
Call me suspicious - but there seems to be a lot more to this than meets the eye.
The official line is that he would miss most of the remainder of the season . but with his future still up in the air and his desire to return to South America because of personal problems - the Toon Army may have seen the end of him in a black and white shirt.
The recruitment of Montpellier's Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has provided Pardew with a ready-made replacement, although should either he or Steven Taylor break down during the remaining weeks of the campaign, the 51-year-old's defensive resources would be stretched once again.
Source: Newcastle United Mad