Jack Colback is back in training and according to Steve McClaren during his press conference yesterday the local lad has had three days of training and Steve said he was in contention for the game today at Selhurst Park.
With this game being so important and Jack being one of our most consistent players it wouldn´t surprise us if Jack starts the game today and partners Vurnon Anita in defensive midfield.
Jack Colback – last time out at Sunderland
We thought it would be a real shock if that happened yesterday, but the more we have thought about it – it could be the way to go with the other choice being to play Yoan Gouffran as a holding midfielder.
Siem de Jong could also play there, but he´s more of an attacking player.
So we could be in for a shock today with Jack starting the game and it will depend on how Jack has looked in training and how he feels about coming straight back into the side.
He has to be fully fit and he cannot be risked if he is not 100% physically fit for this game.
But we will need somebody to keep a check on Yohan Cabaye, who would just love to do well against his former club – and we are once again struggling in the Premier League.
Newcastle are without the experienced Cheick Tiote for just this one game with his groin strain, so the more we think about it the more it looks like Jack will start today.
The other alternative is to give Yoan the start and be prepared to bring on Jack Colback if Yoan cannot get the job done.
What do you think?