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Newcastle boss Pardew amazed by Coloccini courage to make Man Utd clash

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says their top four status is down to skipper Fabricio Coloccini.

Coloccini got up from the treatment table to play against Manchester United after a back problem looked likely to rule him out - until he insisted on playing.

Pardew told the Evening Chronicle: "It was Colo's bravery that got him out there, and we wouldn't have got the results without him - 100%."

And Pardew has backed Coloccini to play through the pain barrier again if necessary against Andre Villas-Boas' under-fire Londoners, while praising the Newcastle medical team.

"How he played at Man United I don't know," he added. "He could hardly walk off the training field on Friday.

"His back seized up and the medical team did a fabulous job on him."

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