By Russell Edge
The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has questioned why Newcastle United outcast Jack Colback was absent from the club’s EFL trophy clash with Port Vale on Tuesday.
The Magpies took a young side to the North West side, as confirmed on the club’s official Twitter account, with Jamie Sterry and his five senior appearances for the club making him the most experienced man in the starting XI.
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However, despite regulations stating that top flight clubs can include up to five over-age players in their under-21 side, there was no sign of the likes of Henri Saivet and Jack Colback, who have both been outcast from the Newcastle squad this season.
They have both appeared for the under-23s in recent weeks, with Saivet even having seen first team action in the EFL Cup earlier in the season, but they were left out on Tuesday.
As a result Ryder, who was covering the match for the Chronicle’s live blog (03/10, 20:05) on their website, questioned the absence of the senior players in the side, insisting that Colback needed the minutes.
“It’s a young side and they certainly look like one or two seniors could give them some guidance here,” he wrote on the Chronicle’s live blog.
“Jack Colback could also do with the fitness.”
Colback’s future at the club looks bleak, with him yet to be involved with a first team squad this season and he was left out of the squad photo taken in September.
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