Danny Guthrie’s comeback from his hamstring injury has not gone according to plan, but the hope is that he will be fit and ready to go for the Chelsea game.
Danny Guthrie – hoping to be fit for Chelsea game
Guthrie was not included in the squad to face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side last Saturday, but with two weeks to go before the next game, at home to Chelsea, Danny should make the squad for that game.
“He’s someone who’s been out for a fair period of time, and I just felt he needed a bit more training to get up to speed.”
“It’s alway very difficult, because if you don’t have the games, it’s very difficult to be at the same level as the others. We just felt he needed a little bit more.”
“The question, as always, with players who have been out for that period of time is when do you get them back involved, and how short of fitness they’re going to be.
“Sometimes you don’t know, but you have to make an assessment from what you see.”
Guthrie was injured way back on on January 20th, so it’s already been 9 weeks out, which is a long time for a hamstring injury.
Newcastle need all the players fit they can muster, because they can all do a job for Newcastle to keep the club in the Premier League.
For the Chelsea game it looks like only Joey Barton, Xisco and Mark Viduka will not be fit. It looks like Xisco may also be injury prone, but let’s hope he’s not as bad as Viduka.
Mark’s started just one game for Newcastle this season, and what a waste of money he’s been, paying him £60K/week to keep the physios busy in the injury room.
Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.