Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback has returned to Tyneside after leaving the England squad with an injury that will rule him out of Monday’s European Championships qualifier against Switzerland.

Roy Hodgson had rewarded Colback’s fine form with his first call-up last month but the former Sunderland man picked up an injury in the 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, which prevented him from training with the senior England side.

Colback missed last night’s 1-0 win over Norway and originally had hopes of shaking off the knock in time for England’s first qualifier in Basel next week but has returned to his club to receive further treatment.

The timing of the injury comes as a shame for Colback, who has been affectionately dubbed “the ginger Pirlo” due to his deep-lying playmaker role in the Newcastle side so far this season. The international retirement of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard had opened up the opportunity for new blood to come through the England ranks but Colback will have to wait longer for his chance.

Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph made his England debut last night and impressed in a cameo role, while Everton’s Jon Stones and Arsenal’s Calum Chambers also made their first appearances at Wembley.

Colback will be boosted by the knowledge that he is firmly in Roy Hodgson’s thoughts and will be hoping to make it into October’s European qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia.

The injury should not rule Colback out of Newcastle’s next Premier League game against Southampton.