It’s not really a surprise that Matt Ritchie is available for our vital game against Huddersfield on Saturday after he withdrew from the Scottish squad earlier this week.
He has resumed training for the game and some Scottish supporters will be asking how come he’s fit after leaving the squad because of injury on Monday.
Matt played 87 minutes during Scotland’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Costa Rica on Friday night.
He was not available for Scotland’s game last night in Hungary which they won 1-0.
Matt Ritchie – after scoring against the Saints in the crucial 3-0 win
When he wasn’t available for the Scottish squad last season there was talk he was putting club before country and that will no doubt be brought up again by the Scots.
But we suspect since he played against Costa Rica and he was unlikely to play against Hungary and there was some agreement reached that he could return to Newcastle and not make the long journey to Hungary.
This Saturday is also a crucial game for Newcastle United on which literally over £100M could rest for next season alone and also our Premier League status.
If we can beat Huddersfield Town on Saturday we will be on 35 points with 7 games to play and in an excellent position to avoid relegation this season.
That would be regarded as another successful season under Mr. Rafa Benitez.