As we had hoped, it looks like Danny Guthrie will be fit to be in the squad for Newcastle’s next game, at home to Stoke a week on Saturday.
Danny Guthrie – fit again following calf problem
Danny boy, whose contract runs out in June, missed the two games over the Easter weekend with a calf problem, but it looks like the rest he’s had had cleared up the problem.
Danny will be ready to resume training on Saturday, when the squad returns from a few days off and we are still hoping this lad will stay on Tyneside for a few more years.
Newcastle are in a great position in the league table at joint 4th top, level on 59 points with Tottenham, and the Stoke game is one which the lads will be looking to win, and get six league wins on the trot, for the first time for a very long time.
This is what Danny Guthrie told the local press today:
“I knew I’d miss the two over the Easter weekend.” “I had a little niggle in my calf which they said would take 10 days to two weeks to heal.”
“There’s no game this weekend. It means I will get a good week of training.” “It’s a big five games for us, our season is far from finished.”
“Every game we seem to be saying this is ‘big one’ but that’s what it is like at this stage when you’re challenging.”
“To be even mentioned with challenging is a credit to everybody involved at the club.”
Stoke qualified for the Europa league this season and did quite well, but their last game – the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Monday – was their 51st game of the season, which manager Tony Pulis was eager to point out in the post match interviews.
That’s what Newcastle could be facing next season, and if we do qualify for Europe then Alan Pardew has said he will need to bring in five top players, but look also for Newcastle to bring in some top younsfgters in addition to those five.
And it looks like Tiote will also be fit for the Stoke game, after he suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem.
Ryan Taylor came on for Cheick in the second half at Swansea on Good Friday, and Newcastle still managed to win the game 2-0 with another excellent brace from Papiss Cisse.
It’s good that these two central midfielders will be back for the Stoke game, since we heard last night that Haris Vuckic is out for the season with a knee problem.