Toon ace laments 'big blow'

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Yohan Cabaye has offered his sympathies to crocked Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, while the French midfielder also hopes Fabricio Coloccini returns to action as soon as possible.

Taylor ruptured his Achilles during Saturday's defeat to Chelsea at St James' Park and will now miss the remainder of the season.

Magpies skipper Colocinni, meanwhile, also picked up an injury during the 3-0 loss to the Blues, although the extent of which is yet to be diagnosed.

The loss of Taylor and Colocinni will serve as a significant blow to Alan Pardew, having seen the centre-backs form a formidable partnership this term.

And Cabaye, who signed from Lille during the summer, realises how pivotal the absence of the defensive duo could be for Newcastle.

“It was a big blow to lose both centre-halves," he said. The worst thing to happen was losing those two,” he said.

“They are very important players for us. They have a very special partnership going and I feel for Steven Taylor, it’s a bad thing what happened to him and he needs to be very strong to get back as soon as possible.

“This is football, we have had the same defence all season, but [James] Perch is a good defender. I hope Colo is not out for too long."

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