Argentine international Jonas Gutierrez is hoping to be fit enough to face Manchester City and their Brazilian ace Robinho on Monday night.
Robinho – Brazilian at St. James’ next Monday
Jonas is relishing the potential encounter with his fellow South American, but first he has to get himself fit enough to play in that game.
Gutierrez cracked his clavicle while on international duty with his country in the game with Peru, and is expected to wear a support cast during his comeback.
Jonas is well aware of the potency of Robinho, having played against him in the Argentine Brazil games, which are always rather hostile in nature, between South America’s best two sides.
Jonas said today:
“Robinho is just one player and one player does not make a team.” “He is a world-class performer. But we have to focus on our big-name players.”
“We can’t stand in awe of one player.” “I hope I will be fit for Manchester City.” “If not, I definitely expect to be back for Sunderland.”
“I loved working with Kevin Keegan, but working with Joe Kinnear is also good.” “He is different, but in a good way.”
“Now I just want to get back playing again after my injury.”
Gutierrez is back in training after his long lay off and has been joined in training by Habib Beye, Oba Martins, Andy Carroll and our very promising 18 year-old Hungarian defender Tamas Kadar, who have bolstered the Newcastle squad.
There’s no doubt things are on the way up on the playing side, and with Keith Harris saying he expects to complete the sale of Newcastle by early December, there’s absolutely no reason to stay away from St. James’ Park.
Let’s support the lads, and Joe Kinnear – big time – and it’s still possible to have a good season and qualify for Europe next season- that must continue to be our goal, after an absolutely horrific first 6 league games of the season, where we picked up just 4 points, and those were in the first two games, while Keegan was still here.
That’s water under the bridge now, and we must get down to the task of capturing every point we can from now on, and that’s why Joe Kinnear is so important to us this season.