Jack Colback was linked with a return to Nottingham Forest over the summer, but certainly won’t be this month.
The Newcastle United midfielder has picked up a serious knee injury in training which has ruled him out for the next four months. This means his time at St James’ Park is effectively over with him out of contract at the end of the season.
Speaking on New Year’s Day after his side’s defeat to Leicester City, Bruce said: “Colback hurt his knee so won’t be available for four months.”
There are many Nottingham Forest supporters that still feel the Reds should’ve done more to bring him back to the City Ground on a permanent basis.
Sabri Lamouchi wasn’t so keen, and instead pursued other targets. The Reds bolstered their midfield options by signing Samba Sow, John Bostock and Alfa Semedo in the summer.
It’s certainly been a nightmare season for the 30-year-old at Newcastle. After thinking he might get a chance under Bruce after pre-season, he’s ultimately not made a single appearance for the Magpies.
He will be regretting not pushing harder for a move away when he could.
There’s no doubt that there will be interested parties when he becomes a free agent.
Colback enjoyed two separate loan spells at the City Ground. He played a total of 55 times – and was arguably one of Forest’s best players. He added bite in midfield and certainly wouldn’t shy away from a tackle.
It’s fair to say that the Reds have moved on following his departure though.
It would be a huge surprise to see the Reds compete for his signature on a free transfer, especially considering his reported £40,000-a-week wages. That being said, the midfielder will surely have to take a pay cut in order to get a contract at another club.