It Could Have Been A Lot Worse

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out for up to six weeks with his knee injury after the Newcastle medics had another scan done on the knee today.

That´s not good news but it also could have been a lot worse too, and if he damaged the ligaments he would have been out for months.

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Jack Colback in action on Sunday

This is the statement Newcastle issued tonight on Jack:

Colback Ruled Out For Up To Six Weeks

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee injury, following further scans and assessment on Thursday. The injury is not as bad as first feared.

The 26-year-old was injured early in the second half of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and was replaced by Vurnon Anita.

Colback has started nine of United’s ten Barclays Premier League games this season, taking his appearance tally to 48 in all competitions since arriving from the Black Cats in June 2014.

There is a two week International break coming up on 7th November and that lasts two weeks so maybe Jack will not miss too many games.

We have six games from 6th December through January 2nd – here´s the schedule through to the New Year:

October
Sat 31 15:00 H Stoke City
November
Sat 07 12:45 A Bournemouth
Sat 21 15:00 H Leicester City
Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace
December
Sun 06 16:00 H Liverpool
Sun 13 16:00 A Tottenham
Sat 19 17:30 H Aston Villa
Sat 26 17:30 H Everton
Mon 28 15:00 A WBA
January
Sat 02 15:00 A Arsenal

We suppose it´s Cheick Tiote and Vurnon Anita who will be the central midfielders while Jack is out.

We have some concerns with Cheick Tiote because of all the yellow cards he picks up.

It looks like Jack could miss five games including the home game against Liverpool on 13th December – but they say it´s up to six weeks so he could be back sooner than that.

Bottom line – given our luck so far this season – it could have been a lot worse.

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