It;s looking like there is every chance that John Carver will play Jonas Gutierrez in the first team for the first time since he made a 71st minute substitute at Cardiff City on October 5th of 2013 when we won that game 2-1 with two goals from Loic Remy.
A fit looking Jonas greeted by fans as he takes his seat on the bench
It appears that Carver’s plan was to introduce Jonas in the second half on Saturday against Aston Villa, but that plan was thwarted after an hour when Massadio Haidara came off injured and John put on Ryan Taylor – who played well in that game.
And that was Ryan’s first game since he came off after 27 minutes in the home game against QPR on 22nd November.
Jonas got a great reception when he went out to warm up in the first half on Saturday, and this is what he has said about the great reception:
“I really appreciated that. The fans were always so good with me – I think they enjoyed that I was here again,”
“I’m ready. I’m going to try to do my best when I have my opportunity. I’m going to fight for that.”
It;s a big game for us on Wednesday night, and maybe Jonas can lift the spirits of the players when and if he comes on against the Red Devils.
Since the next game after Wednesday is not until 14th March at Everton, it would be great to get another good result on Wednesday night.
Hopefully that will be with the help of the 31 year-old Argentine International, following his courageous fight with testicular cancer.
Can you imagine what would happen if he just happened to score the winner?
It would be big news around the world!
And don’t laugh – after what Jonas has achieved over the last 18 months he knows – anything is possible now.
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