A game of so many talking points on Sunday and the Coloccini debacle has put the Jack Colback injury in the background a bit.

After a challenge from Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback was unable to continue and then was seen limping out of the Stadium of light on crutches after the match.

First team coach Paul Simpson has now given an update on the midfielder’s injury and says that he lays no blame on Lee Cattermole for the damage inflicted.

Simpson says that a knee brace was fitted as a precaution after Jack Colback was forced off and that he has already had one scan on the injury.

However, he faces another scan this week, as well as appointments with specialists to examine the full extent of the injury.

As ever in these situations the club is putting a brave face on it but I think safe to say we could be relying on Vurnon Anita and Cheick Tiote in the middle of the pitch for some time, unless Steve McClaren comes up with a tactical change such as moving Sissoko into the middle.

Paul Simpson talking to the club’s official TV channel:

“Jack Colback is seeing specialists this week. He left the stadium on crutches and with a knee brace on.

“To be honest that is more of a precautionary measure, we don’t know the full extent of the damage.

“He was obviously very sore when it happened and I have to say I didn’t think it was a bad challenge, I don’t lay any blame on Cattermole for the challenge. It was one of those wholehearted tackles that you see in derby games, that we all want to see.

“Juts unfortunate that Jack took the brunt of it, the way his standing leg was, taking the full force of it.

“He has had one scan and has a second (scan) later in the week, just to assess the scan and find out exactly what the damage is.”