It is good news and bad news on Newcastle injuries ahead of Saturday.
With 10 players already definitely out, or struggling to make it, first team coach Paul Simpson says that Jack Colback ‘is a major concern for the weekend’ and hasn’t trained so far this week.
The midfielder was struggling for the Chelsea game but made it into the starting eleven, lasting until the 54th minute before having to go off and be replaced by Gabriel Obertan.
On the other hand, Simpson says Siem de Jong should be fine for Manchester City, the former Ajax midfielder taking a heavy fall shortly after coming on in injury time for Moussa Sissoko.
Paul Simpson confirms that there was no concussion for de Jong and that he was just ‘a little bit dazed’.
Paul Simpson speaking to the club’s official tv channel:
“He hasn’t trained so far this week but we are hopeful that by the end of the week he will be fit to go out. Fingers crossed we’re going to do everything we possibly can, he’s in good hands with the medical team. They’ll be doing everything they can do get him out.
“He is a major concern for the weekend but if he is not able to go out we do have other players ready to go out and play.”
Siem de Jong
“Siem de Jong took a whack on the side of his head but he didn’t have concussion, he was just a little bit dazed. He has trained and should be fine for the weekend.”
There are another 10 players in various stages of injury/recovery and it remains to be seen if any of them are in a fit enough state for the trip to the Etihad:
Karl Darlow – Ankle
Steven Taylor – Out until start of December after operation
Paul Dummett – Hamstring
Emmanuel Riviere – Knee
Rolando Aarons – Missed Chelsea with a minor calf strain according to the player
Massadio Haidara – Picked up a knock v Watford
Cheick Tiote – Training again but not ready to play
Sylvain Marveaux – Played for reserves on Monday but not fit for Saturday
Curtis Good – Thigh
Papiss Cisse – Back problem since West Ham according to Steve McClaren on Tuesday