Top Midfielder Could Be Out Until Next Year

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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Man, that clutter guy ruined a player’s half season, with no repercussion.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    I think that is at least three of OUR players he has put out of the game long term (two months) at least.
    and Beye when Shiteface played for the Smoggies

    Got to be something wrong with his tackling (does a lot of scissor tackles) or goes out to deliberately injure our players

  • firebug666

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #3

    There were a half dozen or more fouls committed by Cattermole where he went through the back of one of our players and deserved a yellow card, He should have and could have had several yellow cards in that match, (he should have been off).

    For some reason, the ref just did not want to book a Sunderland player, he was quick enough with his cards for Newcastle, even booking Colback for protesting when he wrongly sent Coloccini off.

    The evidence from the match quite clearly shows a one sided referee making sure only one side was going to win.

    He could have been frightened of the home crowd, or he could have been clutching his betting slip, the reasons don’t really matter, the fact is he blatantly cheated us out of the match.

    Cattermole was not the only makem getting away with bad fouling, the ref simply gave the makems a free run to do what ever they wanted.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #4


    I think I predicted 14, fancy checking 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    This Colback situation is looking grim. He has many detractors on this blog,because of his style. But I think he’ll be a big miss, one of those where you don’t really know what you had til it’s gone. Sure there are better midfielders out there and we needed to sign one but he brings graft and a degree of solidity which we need in the ‘engine room’.
    I’m not ready to trust Tiote, not at all. And he’s not fit anyway. Anita is very average in the centre,sorry.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #6

    Sing in the corner
    We will miss his battling qualities on Saturday against Stoke

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Sing, spot on re colback.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #8


    Listenief to total sport last night and Gabiadini came out with a corker.

    He said “Cattermole made clever challenges all game and unlike Tiote doesn’t injure people with reckless challenges.

    I nearly choked on my brew!

  • nufc 11

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Mick Martin had it spot on with Colo costing the derby period Stevie Mac however needs to see the problem lays Witt the back four he need a new up grade on Colo but wouldn’t have lascelles or willow on the team so he remains for now what I would do is move janmatt to rm and move moussa centre and the bring mbabu rb it needs to happen now.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #10

    Munster sing

    Without Colback running around like a dog in the park we’ll keep a clean sheet, as there won’t be gaps all over the pitch.

    Atleast Anita and Tiote know how to hold their positions.

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Well fingers crossed it’s just a tweak and swelling,but it doesn’t sound good. Suddenly we look a bit light in the middle if he’s out for a while. I guess we’re gonna see what Tiote is really all about these days. I shudder when I recall his daft two minutes at the start of the game on Sunday.
    And forgotten man De Jong needs to suddenly get healthy.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #12

    We are the one in ten
    A number on a list
    We are the one in ten
    A winning run don`t exist
    Or nobody shows us
    Even though we’re always there
    A statistic, a reminder
    Of a Club that doesn`t care

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 28, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #13

    Errr, ok. Well I hope you’re right about the clean sheet. Not sure about your inference that it’s Colback’s fault when we concede because he ‘runs around…’

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14


    He costs us constantley, chasing around like a dog and losing the ball in opposition half leaving no protection for our defence.

    You don’t need to chase every ball and make every tackle to help out your team mates. He’s constantly out of position causing more problems than he solves.

    That’s without mentioning the umpteen stupid free kicks he gives away every game.

    His work rate fools a lot of people but IMO he’s a poor player.

  • juan

    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #15

    im not a fan of colback so id say this is good news.. i dont rate him at all. he has no vision and no end product. hes done nothing to suggest he will be any better in the future. we dont have much options to replace him … id try siem de jong there he has played there before and he wouldnt need to do much to be better than colback… but thats only my opinion

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #16

    i thought the headline said top midfielder

  • robertsleftfoot

    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    TBH I dont see Colback as a huge loss. He is a bang average squad player of any premiership team.

    Yes he tries hard and his work rate is decent but he will never be more than a 6-7 out of 10 every week. He will never lose you a game but at the same time he will never win you a game with a good goal or a great pass.

    People rave about him because he is local but becasue you are local and try hard shouldnt put your name on the team sheet every week

  • TroubledToon

    Oct 28, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #18


    I totally agree with u. He’s a cynical 1, that Cattermole… But what needs to be looked at is intent n the history of the player. N in my book, Cattermole should be banned from playing bcuz he’s out to hurt ppl… N he’s consistently been doing it

  • TroubledToon

    Oct 28, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #19

    N as for the guy who thinks Tiote is worse than Cattermole, fella, I’d rather listen to the wind outta my backside than listen to u!!!!

  • Sav

    Oct 28, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #20

    In fairness to Colback, trying hard and consistently are two qualities which mark him out as exceptional in our team this season. By all means rubbish a player when you have his better waiting in the wings but please, de Jong??

  • solano

    Oct 28, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #21

    “Top Player” Colback says it all. He’s a bread and butter ‘trap and short pass’ midfielder – if players are commended and assessed just on their effort (rather than ability) then it shows why the club is in such dire straits.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Oct 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #22


    The fact you have marked him out as exceptional this season is embarrassing. He has not been exceptional in any game thus far. He works hard yes, and is consistently a 6 out of 10 thats hardly anything to write home about.

    Also if we continue to play 2 up top then a centre midfield paring of Anita and Wijnaldum would be the choice every single time.


    I agree 100% with your comment

  • Ravostag

    Oct 28, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #23

    That ref was at fault not only for a dodgy pen and incorrect sending off but letting clatter mole stay on the pitch without even a booking. Has the ref been stood down for this weekend? Doubt it. I have sympathy for Jose now


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