Why Jack Colback has been ordered to train alone by Rafa Benitez

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It’s probably not something Newcastle United fans wanted to hear just days before their Premier League campaign kicks off at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

There has already been plenty of focus on Rafa Benitez’s future at St. James’ Park, as many believe his days as Toons boss could be limited following their inactivity in the summer transfer window, with owner Mike Ashley admitting that he can’t compete with the elite clubs in the Premier League.


The frustration is understandable, as the Spaniard believes very little has been done to improve last year’s Championship side as they hope to avoid relegation once more.


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While they’re struggling to land more of their targets, it sounds as if one player is certain to leave before the transfer window slams shut.

Mail Sport has revealed that Jack Colback – who joined the club on a free back in 2014 from bitter rivals Sunderland - has almost certainly played his final game for the club with a furious Benitez banishing him from training with the first team.

They’re claiming that the former Black Cats' midfielder was already training away from the main group earlier this week before the incident took place, which is clearly going to have a massive impact on his future.


One player reportedly picked up a knock during the training session, and Colback was called to join in and replace him in the main group.

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However, what seemed to have infuriated the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss is that Colback is thought to have refused to participate in the session – and has told the player to continue training alone which he did on Friday afternoon, reporting to the training ground and was forced to train by himself once the senior squad had concluded their session.

There doesn’t seem to be any way back for the former Sunderland player either, as he’s expected to be left out of the 25-man Premier League squad and he has already been offered to other clubs.

It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be easy to get him off their books, though, as the big stumbling block the club is facing is that he is currently earning £40,000-per-week and there might be clubs that aren’t willing to match those figures.

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