North-East latest: Newcastle given fitness boost, New Sunderland buy being tested

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Newcastle hopeful on Colback fitness

Newcastle United are hopeful that Jack Colback could be fit to face Southampton at the weekend.

The energetic midfielder was injured on international duty this week, but the Magpies are confident that he could make a swift recovery.

Alan Pardew’s side take on Southampton still looking for their first three points of the season and Colback’s return would be a boost in their mission.

Daryl Janmaat takes blame for Dutch defeat

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has blamed himself for Holland’s 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic in European qualification.

The right back attempeted a ill-advised header back to his national side’s goalkeeper, Jasper Cillessen, late on in the game only for Vaclav Pilar to pounce and tuck the ball into an empty net.

It was an untimely error, which set up the upset, and Janmaat says he takes full responsibility for his nation’s defeat.

"Yes, that's right. This is my fault and it is inexcusable," he said. "It was a big mistake.”

Poyet testing Rodwell to the limit

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that he is testing Jack Rodwell to the limit.

The £10 million summer signing from Manchester City has not played much first team football in recent years, but Poyet has decided to throw him in at the deep end rather than ease him in gradually and the Uruguayan says he has already seen signs of progress as a result.

“Jack is showing more confidence, running and understanding things,” he said.

“We just need to keep pushing him to the limit.”

Sunderland in no rush to loan Duncan Watmore

Sunderland are in no hurry to loan out Duncan Watmore, according to a report.

The Black Cats youngster had been linked with a move away to a lower-league side as he looks to get a taste of first-team football, but it appears that he could be set to stay at the Stadium of Light.

Mourinho advised Bamford to move

Patrick Bamford was advised by Jose Mourinho to complete a loan move to Middlesbrough.

Mourinho knows ‘Boro boss Aitor Karanka from their time together at Real Madrid and because of this link, Bamford was encouraged to move to the Riverside Stadium.

“The gaffer said he knew Aitor from Real Madrid and said the way he went about training and all his ideas would help get me ready for Chelsea as well as help strengthen Middlesbrough,” he said.

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