News today that Jonas Gutierrez is finally back at Newcastle, having been on compassionate leave for a few weeks in Argentina, and hopefully he will come into contention for the game against Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.
Jonas Gutierrez in action at Cardiff City
We haven’t seen much of Jonas in a Newcastle shirt this season, and after 40 appearances last season, he’s made only two appearances so far this season, but he could be on the bench for Saturday.
There’s no news on what the personal issue is (and there shouldn’t be either), but Jonas has been on Tyneside all week, so he will have put in a bit of training at the Benton training facilities.
Jonas will find that competition for places at Newcastle side have increased this season, and we’ve had players like Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy who are willing to track back on the wing, and help out the defense, which is what Jonas has been doing ever since he arrived at Newcastle in the summer of 2008 from Mallorca.
Jonas started the first game at Manchester City and picked up a hamstring injury, and he returned in the 2-1 win at Cardiff City in the second half, and he put in a good stint in that game to preserve the lead and get the 3 points, and his experience is now a major plus for the 21 times capped Argentine International.
We could see Jonas participate more from the bench this season, but Jonas is very competitive, just like Cheick Tiote, and we usually see his best form when he’s under competition for a starting position.
And of course that will only be good for the Magpies, and don’t be surprised if in the next few weeks we see an in-form Jonas Gutierrez.
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