Sad news for Newcastle, as midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out of action for six weeks with a knee injury.
Colback picked up the knee injury in the 3-0 defeat to his former side Sunderland in the Tyne-wear derby.
And further checks revealed the real extent of the injury suffered by Colback, with his club stating it could have been worse.
“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,” read a statement on Newcastle’s official website.
“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 10 Premier League games this season, taking his appearance tally to 48 in all competitions since arriving from the Black Cats in June 2014.”
The news is a further blow to Newcastle, who are already without the likes of goalkeeper Tim Krul, Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere.
Newcastle sit a dismal 19th in the Premier League and will be aiming to pick up valuable points when they welcome Stoke City to St James’ Park on Saturday.