Agonising Jack Colback update as former Sunderland midfielder's Newcastle United farewell is denied
Jack Colback was set for a controversial Newcastle United farewell in the FA Cup but for injury, which has brought to an end his St James's Park career.
Steve Bruce was all set to name Colback in his 25-man Premier League squad, but the signings of Andy Carroll and Emil Krafth on the final day of the summer transfer window edged the former Sunderland man out.
Despite this, Colback is eligible for selection in the FA Cup – and Bruce has revealed he would have selected Colback at Rochdale, but for the player suffering a near season-ending injury in training last week.
“He would have had a chance, yes,” said Bruce.
“He trained and slipped and fell into Isaac's (Isaac Hayden) chest. He damaged his medial ligament. Poor kid. He is in a brace for six to eight weeks.
“Jack would have been involved.”
Colback’s involvement was set to come ahead of fellow former Black Cats midfielder Ki Sung-yeung, who has been told he has no future at the football club beyond this month.
Fellow outcasts Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry are set to be shunned at Spotland, despite Bruce’s willingness to get Colback into the action.
With Jonjo Shelvey out for at least a fortnight and Hayden likely to be drafted into the United backline, Bruce looks set to pick both Sean and Matty Longstaff together in midfield for the first time since Boxing Day's 4-1 loss at Old Trafford.