Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback hopes to return to action in less than six weeks – despite suffering the worst injury of his career.
Colback injured his knee in a heavy tackle from former Sunderland team-mate Lee Cattermole in the 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat.
The club feared it could mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines for the player Roy Hodgson dubbed “the ginger Pirlo”, but scans have revealed the injury is not as bad as first anticipated.
“Touch wood, I haven’t had many bad injures. Before this, the longest I was out was four weeks, so this is the worst of my career so far.
“I suppose I’ve been lucky, when you look at other players and what they’ve been through, but you can’t prevent injuries – it’s part of the game – so you just have to get on with it.
“Every player is the same when they get injured – they don’t want to be in the treatment room. You never want to miss any games but I’m just trying to look at the positives that it could have been a lot worse.
“Right now I’m just resting to help the knee heal, and once that stage is out of the way I will be doing rehab before trying to get outside again as quickly as I can. It’s worse watching matches from the stands. From my experience, it’s a lot easier playing than watching.
“It will be a tough few weeks but the team are playing well and hopefully we can start turning those performances into victories,” he told the club’s website.
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