Gutierrez Not Risked Tonight – Barton Back For Saturday

It looks like Joe Kinnear will exercise some caution tonight and not risk Jonas Gutierrez in the Manchester City league game at St. James’ Park.

Jonas Gutierrez – not risked tonight

The side could have used the Argentine International tonight, but it seems that he just hasn’t had enough physical contact in training, for Joe to risk him, and he will hold him back for the very important next game at the Stadium Of Light against Sunderland. Joey Barton may also be available for that game, so things are looking up.

We suspected Joe wouldn’t risk Gutierrez after hearing his press conference last Thursday, when Joe stressed the medical staff at Newcastle were worried Jonas may have come back a wee bit early.

Joe Kinnear talked about Jonas today:

“While Jonas has been training for some time now, he has not had any real physical contact, and we did not want to take a risk with him tonight.”

“However, I fully expect to have him with us when we go to Sunderland on Saturday.”

Barton – plays for reserves tomorrow – back Saturday if all is well

Joe Kinnear also expects to have Joey Barton back in the team for Saturday, for the first time this season, as he has now served both his prison sentence and his subsequent six-match FA suspension.

We expect Joey now to get his head down and concentrate on playing well for Newcastle United – because that’s what he’s paid very handsomely to do. We have to assume he’s on the same wages he was getting before he was jailed.

Owner Mike Ashley had attempted to halve his wages while Joey was in prison, but with all that’s gone on at the club since the end of August, we assume nothing more has been done on that.

Joey is a lucky lad to still be at Newcastle, and he knows there will be zero tolerance for any more of the outlandish behavior he has displayed in the past, that has got him into so much trouble outside football.

But Joey also has his good side of course, and he is often at Reserve team games and even attended the Under-18 game with Kinnear and Hughton last Saturday, when the youngsters beat Barnsley 3-1, and that’s always great to see, from any player and will be appreciated by the youngsters.

Kinnear talked about Barton today:

“Joey is obviously a bit rusty, not having played at all this season, but we hope to take away most of this rustiness in tomorrow’s reserve game with Middlesbrough on Teesside.”

We hope Joey gets his head down on concentrates on his football, because we all know he is a very good player.

Comments welcome – but please keep them decent – thanks

15 comments so far

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Glad to see we’re not getting carried away, if Jonas isnt fit, dont make the problem worse, just bring him back 100% next week.
    like i’ve said previously, the thought of finally turning the corner this season by stuffing the mackems in their own back yard is one dreams are made of.
    Also glad about Joey. he stays out of trouble and he’ll be our engine for seasons to come. He’ll feel like he has a point to prove to all of us, and what better game to do it than in the biggest of our season?

  • stu_go

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Looking forward to seeing a Barton – Guthrie partenership. Cant bloody wait for Jonas to be back as well!

  • andyglostoon

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    Barton will be the future captain imo if he keeps his head !

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #4

    andyglostoon-i said the same last week, if he keeps his head he is certainly captain material! looking forward to seeing him pair up with guthrie, would love him to get a goal at the scum next weekend

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    andyglostoon & KK FOREVER (Ross)- I second those opinions, and really hope he has the audacity and mental strength to get through this rough patch and turn out to be a legend for us!

  • Tom1664

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #6

    Spiderman, Spiderman
    Does whatever Solano can
    Our front line, he supplies
    He’s a Geordie in disguise
    Hey hey – here come the spiderman!

  • ToonKing

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think we stand much chance to win tonight whit out Jonas and Owen…. 🙁

  • Frankieboy

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Any new owner with any princiles will get rid of Barton.
    Do not want to see him on saturday.
    here we go ….let the dung fly….

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Tom4nufc-he strikes me as the type of player who will play for the shirt, give 110% every time he steps out onto sjp. if he keeps on the right side of the fence behaviour wise and begins to start for us regularly, i could see him being the driving force we need in midfield. there’s no question he’s a fiery character, but its been displayed off the field sadly. if he can channel that aggression into his football i think all the barton haters would quickly change their tune, because he could be brilliant for us.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Spiderman, spiderman,
    he is argentoonian!..

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 20, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11

    He’s here
    He’s there
    He’s every F*****g where
    Spidermag ! Spidermag!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 20, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #12

    With ya’ KK forever!..

  • Spidey

    Oct 20, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Jonas will probably feature at some point off the bench. Hopefully anyway, we could use that threat coming off the bench.

    Didn’ realise Oba is back tonight too! Very good news, as I was worried about our pace up front. We have a good chance tonight! Come on boys!!!

  • steve

    Oct 20, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Barton problems are water under the bridge now, he’s done his time so lets not get on his back.

    We really need to start supporting the guys man and trying to instal confidence rather than picking on individual players.
    Hopefully Barton can keep his head straight and get back to the form he showed at Man City

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 20, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Here, here, Steve!..


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