Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback is one of several outcast players Steve Bruce is unlikely to call on for Leicester City’s trip to St James’ Park in the Carabao Cup, according to the Chronicle.
Bruce has a wealth of options outside of his 25-man Premier League squad for the EFL Cup tie, with the likes of Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons also eligible to face the Foxes on Wednesday night.
However, it is doubtful that the Magpies head coach will venture outside of his top-flight ranks when selecting who will face Brendan Rodgers’ side, as he is expected to look toward the fringes of his preferred starting eleven to replace the injured and fatigued options.
Minutes in the Carabao Cup could have helped to advertise the fringe players’ services with solid performances, as the club are believed to still be working on potential loan or permanent exits for those excluded from the Premier League roster ahead of the major European windows closing on September 2.
Interest has been sparse in those deemed surplus to requirements thus far, with Lazaar the most sought-after with alleged interest from the Serie A with Hellas Verona and the Netherlands with FC Utrecht (TuttoMercatoWEB).
Jamie Sterry and £2.7million-rated Colback (TransferMarkt) are thought to have potential suitors in Scotland (Chronicle), but are yet to reach agreements that would see either leave Tyneside this summer.
Jamaal Lascelles and Fabian Schar could be in line to face the Premier League opposition in the cup-tie, though, as the pair will undergo late fitness tests after picking up knocks during the 1-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Should either be deemed questionable, Federico Fernandez is reportedly at the front of the queue for minutes against the Foxes, while Yoshinori Muto is due to make his first start of the campaign in place of Joelinton.
Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff are expected to be rested with Jonjo Shelvey returning to the starting XI alongside Ki Sung-Yueng meanwhile, although Matty Longstaff is also in contention for a role in midfield should Bruce look to offer the Toon product his senior debut.
Places are also up for grabs at full-back, with Javier Manquillo and Jetro Willems potential options to replace Emil Krafth and Matt Ritchie.
This does suggest Colback’s time on Tyneside is done. Indeed, while he fell out with Rafa Benitez during his stint there, his inclusion in the team during Newcastle’s pre-season tour of Asia could have been seen as a second chance for the ex-Sunderland midfielder, though he does now look to be out of Bruce’s plans completely.
The emergence of Sean Longstaff and even his brother Matt does bolster the engine room and the fact he could be overlooked for a cup game in favour of younger players would suggest he’s way down the pecking order, having also been left out of the 25-man Premier League squad.
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