Potentially Good News For Newcastle Ahead Of Huddersfield Game

Matt Ritchie is back on Tyneside having withdrawn from the Scottish squad with what they said was an injury.

That could have meant anything yesterday, and we were hoping he had withdrawn as a precaution.

Mauve he couldn’t play for Scotland against Hungary in Budapest tonight – but could possibly play against the Terriers on Saturday.

That’s a really vital game for Newcastle, and it looks like if we can win we are well on our way to surviving in the Premier League this season.

Matt Ritchie – could play on Saturday

The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder believes the injury is only slight, but there will be further assessments this week.

It seems he has a chance to play on Saturday.

Matt Ritchie is an important player for us and has been coming into some good form lately; he has scored in each of our last two homes games – both wins.

Maybe he can score again on Saturday, and we get what would be a precious 3 points against the Terriers – another club fighting relegation.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #1

    I think the match can’t start soon enough Ed. Been missing football big time. You realise how much you love to watch NUFC when you’re not able to.

    I think we can and will beat Huddersfield and if we do we can start thinking of another season under Rafa in the Premier League as we would only need a couple of draws and we’d be safe at last.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Would be good to have Ritchie available, still not sure if he should start though – Murphy may be a better option to terrify Hudds down that right side with Yedlin in support

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve been doing some scouting this lunchtime following the Dennis Wise method. Oozyaguy definitely looks quality, he can certainly hit a long ball but looks more effective than Shelvey around the edges of the area. Interesting….


  • Pottsclock

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Three points on Saturday (which I think we will get) and we can all have a more relaxing run in to the end of the season rather than the nail-biting of 2 years ago.
    The second point is that the club can start properly planning for the summer and next season from a financial perspective, squad members perspective and contract perspective for the players we have and want to retain and the management team.
    The uncertainties around next season that were there when the Staveley bid was active will be removed, the value of the club will be much clearer and therefore any potential sale will be a cleaner process. That’s my big hope.

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #5

    If the rumours are to be believed then it appears that Rafa isn’t going into the summer transfer window unprepared . If he can get some commitment and deals for players half done then he won’t have to be scratting about for players at the end of the window.

    He will hopefully be relying on his scouts to prepare for two scenarios . One where the club is sold and we have a decent transfer kitty and the other where he is relying on players out of contract and bargain unexposed players as Ashley is still here. Either way it could be made to work if they make inroads sooner rather than later.

    I’m sure Rafa has discussed all this with the club and is happy to carry on from what he’s been told.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail/Jane – from previous threads.

    I am not into conspiracy theories and
    can’t be bothered with checking dual identities.
    But I’m well aware of suggestions that Jail/Jane
    are one and the same.

    Looking at the sudden appearance and interchange
    between those two, I would come to the conclusion
    that one person is logged on to two computers.

    No idea if that is how it is, but that is how it looks.

    I suppose a bit of fun is OK in a quiet period.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 27, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Rafa will stay on after the summer, almost whatever.

    He is mentally committed to the Club, despite MA, and won’t
    jack it in quickly.

    Also, he has signed players that probably would not have signed
    had it not been for Rafa. He will feel he owes it to those players
    to stay for another year.

    After that – who knows.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 27, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Rob if Murphy is terrifying why are we not playing him more often?

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 27, 2018 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Toonincheek I agree ‘re rafa staying for now


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