There’s some good news tonight that both Davide Santon and Jonas Gutierrez are fit and will be available for the game after next – the home game against Burnley next Thursday – New Years Day.
Davide Santon in action last season
The news is that both players will play in a behind the scenes game to increase their match fitness – but we may need them next Thursday – and it’s a game we have to go all and try to win, against a bottom three side at home.
Davide Santon’s bad knee flared up again at the end of last last season, and he had another operation on it in the summer.
Jonas Gutierrez played a full 90 minutes last week for the Newcastle U21 side against West Ham – after returning from fighting testicular cancer a few weeks ago – after being given the all clear.
And he will be an inspiration to the side if he’s on the bench.
Santon has been out all season, and he didn’t even play in pre-season – so he will be like a new player to us, and will now push to get his left back starting position back from local lad Paul Dummett.
Newcastle were without 10 first team players at Manchester United today although nothing much was said in the press about it.
And given the team we had out today, we did OK and in the end 3-1 wasn’t too bad a scoreline.
This is what Pardew said after the game today about Davide and Jonas:
“They need some match time – those guys are going to get a game.”
It will be a boost to have Santon and Gutierrez back in the squad, since we are running out of players.
Vurnon Anita limped off near the end of the game today, although the suspended Tiote will return on Sunday at home to Everton, having served his one match suspension – what’s the betting he’ll get a yellow card on Sunday?
Sammy Ameobi missed the game today with a knock, so we don’t know if he’ll be available for the Everton game, and Paul Dummett picked up a knock today at Old Trafford.
As we said it will be good to have Davide and Jonas back.
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