Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce insists Jonjo Shelvey deserves the stand-in captaincy.
Bruce will allow Shelvey to continue as Newcastle captain in the absence of Jamaal Lascelles.
"Jonjo seems to be the normal one, to put (the armband) on him, and I've got no problem with that," said Bruce.
"If it seems to be that way then I won't upset that, we'll give it to him."
Bruce added: "He's got this perception about him that he doesn't care - that's wrong. He's a good pro, he's a good lad, and he's popular. He trains well and I've got no problem with him."