Joe Kinnear hopes to have Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez back from injury in time for his second game in charge, and the first at home to Manchester City on Monday night, 20th October.
The 25-year-old winger has not played for Newcastle since fracturing his collar bone whilst playing for his country in last month’s World Cup qualifier against Peru.
Gutierrez has been in Buenos Aires, where he has been continuing his rehabilitation, but returned recently back to Newcastle, and he will meet with interim manager Joe Kinnear today.
Joe is now hoping that the international break of two weeks will be beneficial in allowing Jonas to get fully fit for the game against Manchester City.
Joe told nufcTV yesterday:
“I’m hoping to have a one or two players back for the Man City game on October 20,” “I will meet Jonas Gutierrez on Thursday and I think he could be back in time for that match.”
“I hope he is because he’s obviously a player who can make a difference.”
But it wasn’t good news for the perenially injured Aussie striker Mark Viduka (Achilles), who is now said to be missing for at least the next six weeks. What’s new?
“There are seven or eight key players who I’d love to have at my disposal, but most of them are at least three or four weeks away,”
“Mark Viduka is at least six weeks away, and Alan Smith is out for three months.”
As we’ve said before, you cannot be much use to a club if you are always injured. Yes, we know it’s not Mark’s fault, but from now on let’s not sign players with poor injury records, they’re just not worth the wages we pay them.