Danny Guthrie is fit again after his groin injury interrupted the run of six games he had in the Newcastle first team.
Danny Guthrie – back in full training
Danny was in the best form of his career in those games, which started with the Carling Cup tie at Blackburn, after Cheick Tiote had been injured in the Wigan game.
Tiote is not available again as he’s off with Demba Ba to the African Cup of Nations, and they will not return until mid-February at the latest, so this could be another great opportunity for Danny.
19 year-old Mehdi Abeid deputized for Tiote last Saturday in the the 2-1 FA Cup win over Blackburn, and he played well, particularly in the second half.
Mehdi could keep his place for the game against QPR on Sunday, although it depends on how good Danny Guthrie has looked in training this week.
And Danny’s four year contract runs out in June, and we would expect Newcastle to renew his contract, but of course you just never know.
Danny is settled on Tyneside and wants to stay, and he even has his eye on getting an England cap it seems:
“Every English player would love to play for their country,” “To be honest, if I could get a run of games from now until the end of the season where I was playing as I was before I got injured I’d have to say I could get an England call-up if I was playing like that.”
“I’m not trying to be big headed but seeing the players who have been called up for preliminary squads recently, I feel I might have a chance.” “I do think about stuff like that but I need to stay fit and I need to get to those levels I was at before to do it.”
“It was probably the best five or six weeks that I’ve had here. I was finding some good form but the timing of the injury was bad. I was just starting to find my feet in the team, but these things happen and I just want to get back into things.”
“I should be fine for QPR, I returned to full training on Tuesday and will get a good few days in. I had a really good two weeks with the medical staff, who have been brilliant.”
“I have done a mini pre-season really so on that front I’m fine.” “Me and my fiancee are very settled here. It’s home, we’ve got the baby here now,”
“I’d be keen to stay here, of course. It’s a massive club and the way this season has gone I can only see good times ahead. I’d love to be part of it.”
We’d like to see Danny Guthrie stay on Tyneside, but if he is not offered a new deal there will be a number of clubs interested in him, especially if he is a free agent in the summer, and both Aston Villa and Blackburn are said to be interested.
But we have to think he’s been told a new contract will be forthcoming soon, because he appears rather relaxed about the whole thing, and of course Danny is not only a first rate professional, but he’s a smashing lad too.
It would be great if Danny can come in on Sunday and recapture the form he showed earlier this season, as the next six games while Ba and Tiote are away, are very important for Newcastle if we are to retain our high standing in the league table.