Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback out for up to six weeks with knee injury following derby drubbing by rivals Sunderland 

Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback out for up to six weeks with knee injury following derby drubbing by rivals Sunderland  Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback has suffered a knee injuryThe 26-year-old could be sidelined for up to six weeksColback had to be substituted in the 3-0 defeat by Sunderland

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Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a knee injury suffered in the 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat by rivals Sunderland.

The 26-year-old, who actually joined the Toon from Sunderland, had to be substituted in the 49th minute at the Stadium of Light last weekend and was replaced by Vurnon Anita. 

News of Colback's setback will come as a bitter blow to Newcastle, who are currently embroiled in a relegation battle. 

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks

Colback had to be substituted early into the second-half of the 3-0 defeat by rivals Sunderland 

Colback had to be substituted early into the second-half of the 3-0 defeat by rivals Sunderland 

The Magpies are 19th in the table with six points from their opening 10 fixtures this season and have only tasted victory once in that time - a 6-2 success against newly-promoted Norwich at St James' Park. 

Colback has made 48 appearances in all competitions for Newcastle since signing on a free transfer from the Black Cats last summer.

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On a more positive note, Newcastle will be buoyed by captain Fabricio Coloccini having his red card in the Sunderland defeat rescinded. 

The Argentina international was sent off for an alleged push on Steven Fletcher in the box, but the decision made by referee Robert Madley has since been overturned by the FA.  

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off in the 3-0 defeat by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off in the 3-0 defeat by Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Toon manager Steve McClaren has led his side to just one Premier League victory so far this season

Toon manager Steve McClaren has led his side to just one Premier League victory so far this season

 

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