Jionas Gutierrez has today saif he is happy that Newcastle allowed him to have treatment by the Argentine medical staff and it looks like he’s fit and likely to start for Argentina in their game with Peru today.
Jonas Gutierrez – likely to start today
We have to hope the lad is 100% fit and not being risked at all, because Newcastle just haven’t a big enough squad to have too many injuries this season, at least not now.
This will be Jonas’ 13th cap today for the Argentine, in a crunch game against Peru, and Gutierrez admitted:
“It was fundamental Newcastle gave their permission for me to receive physical treatment in Argentina.”
There are all kinds of rumors going on about bribes taking place for this game, but we have to hope everything is above board and with Peru rock bottom of the South American qualifying league, you have to expect Argentina to get all 3 points – but anything is possible of course.
Chris Hughton thinks he will feel the benefit of Gutierrez’s involvement, and is similarly hopeful his other players away on international duty will not return injured, as our squad is already paper thin.
Chris said today:
“You are always hoping that players come back unscathed and uninjured, particularly Gutierrez, who has a long journey.”
“He has two big games for Argentina, and has a long journey back, but these things you have to get on with.”
“And if he plays a part in the two games, the fact that he’s been out for a period of time may benefit him.”
“You are always keeping your fingers crossed that players come back fine, but it wouldn’t concern me if he does play.”
Newcastle’s other international absentees are Geremi (Cameroon), Zurab Khizanishvili (Georgia), Andy Carroll (England Under-21s) and youngsters Nile Ranger and Ryan Donaldson, who are away in Slovenia with England’s Under-19s.
Andy played 90 minutes last night and scored 2 goals, as the England U21 side beat Macedonia 6-3 at Coventry, and Ryan Donaldson played the last 20 minutes for England U19s in their 3-1 win over Finland, but no sign in that game of Nile Ranger.