Jonas Gutierrez should be arriving back in England in a few hours, and will travel directly to Newcastle to link up with the lads before they travel to Nottingham for their game tomorrow at the City Ground.
Jonas in action last week for Argentina – get the boot in
And after Jonas played every minute of Argentina’s two wins against Peru and Uruguay, that saw them qualify for the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer, Chris Hughton just knows Jonas is going to be upbeat – to say the least.
Caretaker boss Hughton said:
“Of course, Jonas will want to play and play well. He has very much been in the manager’s thoughts, he has played in almost every game the manager has been involved in.”
“Everybody here is delighted for him. To be able to cement a World Cup spot, particularly in the circumstances in which they did it, is lovely for him and Fabricio Coloccini.”
Coloccini remained on Tyneside during the international break with his groin injury, and now has only an outside chance of making Saturday’s game at Nottingham Forest.
Hughton expects the midfielder to be available for the game at the City Ground, and don’t be surprised if Chris uses him as a second half substitute, depending on how the game is going.
“‘I have no doubt about what mood he will be in. They have just qualified for the World Cup in a very difficult and emotional environment, so there’s no doubt he will be on a high.”
‘But of course, he has played two games and traveled some 12, 14 hours on a plane and will arrive back late on Friday. But he will be available.”
Since his compatriot Colccini has now scored his first goal for the club – maybe Jonas can get his first goal tomorrow for Newcastle – that would be very nice.