Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce has admitted it would be best for out-of-favour Jack Colback to "move on" from the Magpies.
Elsewhere, the Magpies boss provided promising injury updates on Miguel Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey ahead of the Crystal Palace clash.
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Steve Bruce believes Jack Colback will be 'a very good player' for another club but has seemingly closed the door on the midfielder returning to the first team squad.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's clash with Crystal Palace, Bruce praised Colback's attitude as the 30-year-old continues to train with the first team despite not being in the 23-man squad, but admitted he needs to 'move on.'
Colback has been linked with Nottingham Forest - the side where he spent a season and a half on loan, but it remains to be seen whether any club in the Championship could afford his wages.
Almiron and Shelvey to return?
Miguel Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey have a 'chance' of playing for Newcastle United against Crystal Palace after the pair trained yesterday, according to Steve Bruce .
The Magpies were without eight first-team players - Allan Saint-Maximin , Jamaal Lascelles , Jonjo Shelvey , Miguel Almiron , Matt Ritchie , Ciaran Clark , Ki and Karl Darlow - for the trip to Burnley last week.
Shelvey (calf), Almiron (hamstring), Ki (illness) and Darlow (back) have since returned to training following the 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor.
It was Almiron who was likelier to be involved against Burnley but the Magpies did not want to risk the Paraguay international after he missed the final three games of last season with a hamstring injury.
Shelvey and Almiron were rated as 50/50 to return against Crystal Palace earlier in the week but appear to have come through Thursday's training session unscathed.
The 27-year-old has played a crucial role in the Magpies' climb up the table in recent weeks and has scored four goals in his last six games.
Shelvey , who has been managing a longstanding thigh issue by having painful shockwave therapy in the morning and immediately after training, has also been keen to set an example as stand-in skipper with his work rate off the ball.
Newcastle missed Shelvey in the 1-0 defeat at Burnley but there is a chance the playmaker could return against Crystal Palace on Saturday - and Bruce's pep talk earlier this season has certainly left an impression.
Crystal Palace have been dealt another defensive setback ahead of their Premier League encounter with Newcastle United on Saturday.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has labelled it the "worst injury situation" he has been involved in during his reign at Selhurst Park.
Former Magpies forward Andros Townsend missed Monday's draw with Brighton, while Gary Cahill has been ruled out for the foreseeable future after needing a minor operation on a knee injury.
Jairo Riedewald stepped in at left-back to cover for Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp, but was himself forced off at half-time with a hip complaint.
The defender joined Joel Ward, Schlupp, Cahill, and Townsend on the absentee list for the trip to Tyneside.
And Hodgson has been dealt another blow with Scott Dann potentially set to miss out for the weekend's clash with Steve Bruce's side.
Former Arsenal captain and Newcastle United captain Granit Xhaka looks set to return to the Bundesliga, according to reports.
Magpies head coach Steve Bruce was understood to be an admirer of the Swiss international, whose future in north London was cast into doubt after he angrily reacted to being booed off in the draw with Crystal Palace in October.
Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy by former manager Unai Emery, and has made just three Premier League appearances since the unsavoury episode.
The 27-year-old's potential exit from the Gunners has been the subject of speculation for two months as a result.
Now, German title Bild is reporting Xhaka has informed his Arsenal team-mates he will be leaving the club in January.
Gayle and Longstaff update
Gayle, however, was unable to play until October because of a frustrating calf issue and the 29-year-old has been restricted to late substitute appearances under Bruce to date.
It was during one of these cameos that Gayle had a great opportunity to equalise for the Magpies at Burnley last week and Bruce does not want to lose him.
February TV changes
Newcastle United's game at Arsenal in February will be show live on Sky Sports.
The match is the only one of United's February fixtures to have been moved for live TV coverage, with the game taking place on Sunday, February 16, kicking off at 4.30pm.
The announcement has also confirmed the date of United's first ever winter break.
The Premier League had revealed that fixtures scheduled for February 8 would be split between that and the following weekend.
With United's game at the Emirates now on February 16, it means they will have a free weekend seven days earlier.