Newcastle United are still waiting on news on Jack Colback’s knee injury after his derby was ended early after a challenge by Lee Cattermole.
Colback left the Stadium of Light on crutches and with a knee brace on his leg, and has had a scan on the injury.
However, he is set for a second look by the medical staff before finding out how long he faces on the sidelines.
Assistant manager Paul Simpson said: “Jack Colback is seeing specialists this week. He left the stadium on crutches and with a knee brace on.
“To be honest that is more of a precautionary measure, we don’t know the full extent of the damage.
“He has had one scan and has a second (scan) later in the week, just to assess the scan and find out exactly what the damage is.”
Elsewhere, Mike Ashley has come under attack by Rangers chairman Dave King over Sports Direct’s continued legal action against the club.
King hit out at the manner of Sports Direct’s business approach and vowed to fight the retail giant and Ashley.
Meanwhile, Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney finds himself at the centre of an extraordinary row involving his old club Northampton Town and the winding-up petition they face from HMRC over unpaid taxes.
See here for the full story.
Toney has made massive strides at Newcastle this season, but the club is still in the hunt for a new striker come January.
However, they suffered a blow yesterday with the news that Charlie Austin won’t be leaving QPR when the transfer window opens.
Austin was Steve McClaren’s No 1 choice as he looks to add fresh firepower to his squad in their fight against relegation.
Read what Austin had to say here.