There is some significant concern that Jack Colback could miss a couple of months depending on just how bad the knee injury is that he suffered from one of those ridiculous Lee Cattermole tackles – and it will depend on how much damage has been done to the knee ligaments.
Until Newcastle have the results of the scans back they will not know exactly how bad it is but if there is serious ligament damage he could be out until even the new year.
Jack Colback in action on Sunday
That would be a huge blow to Newcastle with Jack Colback being one of our best and most consistent players this season and it´s not clear we have a suitable replacement for him.
We pointed out that back in October 2008 when he was at Steve Bruce´s Wigan a Lee Cattermole challenge against Joey Barton resulted in Joey being out for months with ankle ligament damage and we ended up being relegated that season.
Lee Cattermole has always been a danger to other players because of his late and mis-timed tackles – and he got away scot-free on Sunday without even getting a yellow card for some of those tackles.
Normally it would be Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote but the Ivorian picks up so many yellow cards that he sometimes seems a liability to the side.
In his last two starts Cheick picked up a yellow card after 5 minutes and 12 minutes and he was one wild tackle away from getting a red card.
And if either Vurnon or Cheick are injured we are not sure who comes into central midfield.
Colback left the Stadium of Light last Sunday on crutches and in a leg brace and he is still being assessed as to the magnitude of the injury.
Knowing our luck this season it will be a bad injury.
That would be the worst case – so if he has avoided serious knee ligament damage we suppose that would be some good news.
That´s what we need.