Matt Ritchie has been called up by the new Scottish manager Alex McLeish, and he will meet up with the squad tomorrow.
But Newcastle have an unusual friendly game to play today against Royal Antwerp – a match that’s in three 45 minute segments – before Matt will return to England.
The lads have been doing double training sessions in the sun since last Thursday, and it seems to have been a successful trip.
Matt Ritchie – benefits of winter break
This is what the 28-year-old has said about the training camp in Murcia as reported in the Chronicle:
“It’s been really good. We’ve come away for some better weather, for a good pitch and it’s been really successful,”
“You can try to put a positive spin on us having this break. We’ve got this break on the back of a good run of results.”
“We’ve got an opportunity where we can keep working, do some training out on the pitch here in Spain, play a game then have a bit of a breather and go again against Huddersfield.”
“We’re on a good run in the Premier League but we need to continue that.”
“After beating Southampton we’ve given ourselves a little gap over the bottom three,.”
“But we want to keep winning and pick up points so hopefully safety will come with that.”
“You’ve seen throughout the season that it’s so tight. One win or one defeat changes the table so much.”
“We can only control what we can control and we need to make sure that we are prepared and ready for Huddersfield.”
“Hopefully we can get three points then.”
With the Premier League games yesterday we are now 4 points above the drop zone.
That’s after Crystal Palace had an excellent 2-0 win at Huddersfield.
Palace move up to 16th place on 30 points and Southampton are now 3rd bottom on 28 points.
West Brom are bottom on 20 points, and Stoke are in 19th place on 27 points and both clubs lost yesterday.