McClaren gives injury update

With injuries taking their toll on struggling Newcastle United, manager Steve McClaren is looking forward to the imminent return of some of his players.

The Magpies boss is preparing for their next Premier League encounter, against high-flying Leicester City at St James' Park on Saturday, and hopes to have some injury victims available again soon.

"Jack's progressing really well, and we're delighted with him so far," he said of Jack Colback, who is closing in on a return after injuring his knee against Sunderland last month.

"Steven [Taylor] will be fighting to play any part in December. We're probably looking more at the start of next year with him," he added of the 29-year-old centre-back, currently out with a hamstring injury.

Other injuries include youngster Rolando Aarons (ankle) and Emmanuel Riviere (knee), who are still some way away from making their respective comebacks.

"Unfortunately, Rolando is still on crutches so we're not really sure how long that will take," McClaren continued. "At the moment, we're just trying to focus on the fit ones.

"Manu [Riviere] keeps having little setbacks and niggles, but we're hoping we might get him back into training in the next week or two."