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.
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