Manchester City v Newcastle: Major concern over midfielder, but forward’s fitness boost

Jack Colback
Jack Colback

Jack Colback is a ‘major concern’ for Newcastle United’s trip to Manchester City on Saturday, admits coach Paul Simpson.

Colback limped off 10 minutes into the second half of the 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the weekend.

The midfielder, wgo has had a calf injury this season, hasn’t trained all week and looks unlikely to play against the title favourites at the Etihad.

Simpson said: “He hasn’t trained so far this week, but we’re hopeful that come 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’s a major concern for the weekend but again, if he’s not able to come out we’ve got other players ready to go out and play.”

However, Siem de Jong should be fit despite taking a blow to the head in the latter stages of the Chelsea game after coming on as substitute.

Simpson added: “He didn’t have concussion – he was a little bit dazed. He’s trained, he should be fine for the weekend.”