Newcastle United have released an official statement on the Jack Colback injury.

After a second scan on his knee and further assessments, the club say that the injury ‘is not as bad as first feared’.

Colback was injured early in the second half on Sunday with Newcastle trailing 1-0 to Sunderland at the time.

The midfielder was forced off following a challenge by Lee Cattermole and later left the Stadium of Light on crutches.

Newcastle United say that Jack Colback is expected to be out for up to six weeks, which would take him up to mid-December.

United are away to Spurs on 13 December and then home to Aston Villa on 19 December.

Official NUFC statement

‘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.’