Jack Colback Injury Worry For Newcastle After England Send Him Home
The England experience has sadly turned sour for Jack Colback with England manager Roy Hodgson sending the Newcastle midfielder home due to a calf injury.
It was originally reported that Colback would have to miss just the Norway friendly after sitting out training but the injury has proved worse than first thought and the player won’t be available for selection on Monday night against Switzerland.
Arguably Newcastle’s best player against Manchester City and Aston Villa, Colback was forced to miss the League Cup win at Gillingham through injury, then against Crystal Palace he looked anything but 100%.
Whether this latest injury is connected to those earlier problems is unknown but Alan Pardew admitted that Roy Hodgson had rang him to check on Jack Colback’s fitness before naming his squad.
“Jack Colback has had to leave us.
“He took a very nasty kick on the back of the calf.
“We were hoping he would train with us but he can’t do that, so it is better to send him back to Newcastle.”
Alan Pardew admitted he played Siem de Jong against Palace even though he wasn’t fully fit, while it certainly looked like Colback struggled as well that game in terns of fitness.
With Cheick Tiote still not sighted, the crucial match on Saturday week will see an interesting team selection.
With so few quality players to choose from, will Alan Pardew continue a policy of playing players who aren’t fully fit and risking more severe injuries?
Recent seasons have followed a similar pattern, with Mike Ashley refusing to allow a big enough squad of fit for purpose players, the key group of stars need to play week in week out and as the season(s) go on, the injuries increase.
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