News today that both our Argentine Internationals – Coloccini and Gutierrez have been called up by their country for the important World Cup qualifying games in a couple of weeks time.
Gutierrez – missed last 5 Newcastle games
The World Cup qualifying games are against Peru and Uruguay on October 10th and 13th, and could decide if Argentina qualifies for the finals in South Africa next summer.
Gutierrez has now missed five games with a hamstring problem picked up in the Carling Cup victory over Huddersfield on August 26th, but he has been back in training last week at Benton.
Gutierrez is expected to return to action within the next week, either in Wednesday’s home game against QPR or Saturday’s visit of Bristol City.
And Hughton has even said it may be an advantage to get him match fit by playing for Argentina – so Newcastle could even benefit in that way.
But of course, as we found out with Michael Owen, he can go and play for his country and return injured.
Michael always seemed more concerned about playing for England than Newcastle, who were paying his ridiculously high wages.
So the club has some experience in these matters – and we just have to hope both players return uninjured from their exploits in South America.