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:

Sat 31 15:00 H Stoke City
Sat 07 12:45 A Bournemouth
Sat 21 15:00 H Leicester City
Sat 28 15:00 A Crystal Palace
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
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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m sure we’ll be fine with Vern in there. If Mac selects Gouf in midfield again though I will demand his beheading

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #2


    On Thauvin – I understand how a lot have written him off already, but I don’t want to as I can see some very good attributes that he has. Catchy mentioned it before that he’s always looking for the ball, which he generally seems to. He’s quite confident enough to carry the ball and look for openings round the pitch and attempt creative passes based on decent vision. His crossing and free kicks can be decent, and he looks very capable of shooting and getting some goals. Yes, not all of these have come off, but they may if he settles, who knows? If they do come off, he’ll be very good indeed because of what I can see him trying.

    However, he doesn’t look so fast (not that that is an automatic failure) and he gets caught in possession worryingly often with little strength. He looks like he’s going to break when chasing down players, and hardly looks elegant when sprinting.

    He’s grown up with a reputation of being a highly promising player – that hasn’t been from nothing. Although, with him having such a bad season at his last club, I don’t think he should have been signed, nevermind for £12m. I think they should have either got him when he was valued at £2m, or waited another season or two to see if he picked up his form.

    I remember fans all over laughing a Drogba and how much of a bumbling buffoon he was when he first came over here. I thought that was way over-the-top, as he’d been great at his last club, and sure enough when he got settled down, he became integral to Chelsea’s titles and a Premier League legend.

    Thauvin probably won’t become a Premier League legend, but I do hope he can adapt his game to play to a level he is capable of. Same with Siem. I hope they can improve.

  • toon22

    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Funny how he was injured in one of those fouls Sunderland didnt commit.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #4

    As Ed suggested, Tiote and Anita are the obvious choices to pair in the deep lying central midfield.

    However, it could be interesting to see Sissoko (or even Wijnaldum) drop back into a deeper lying, box-to-box role. With both of these guys being played somewhat out of position out wide, it would open up a space to plug in a more natural winger like Aarons or Thauvin.

  • G

    Oct 29, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #5

    @4 I like your thinking, but I cant see SM going for it.

  • mfw13

    Oct 29, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Maybe now DeJong will get a run of a few games….


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