Matt Ritchie Makes Quick Recovery – Returns To Training

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.

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 28, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #1

    It looks like there was a deal done between Rafa and McLeish – who’d a thunk? Two sensible blokes coming to a sensible compromise over a potentially tricky issue….

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 28, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    The Hungary game was a meaningless affair anyway, but not being fit a few days after one game, but being fit a week later is nothing unusual.
    A player should always put club before country re friendlies anyway. We pay his wages after all and if he had a slight injury, only a fool would risk making it worse. It was always described as just a minor injury so I don’t see a problem here. Just glad he’ll be fit for Saturday rather than having him risk playing slightly damaged.

  • Toonces

    Mar 28, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #3

    @ Jail re your comment a couple articles back where you mention Demba Ba.

    Well interestingly enough Rafa was managing Chelsea when they bought Ba from us. Ba was (IIRC) third top goal scorer in the PL at the time when they triggered his release clause. Thing was, Rafa had Torres, who was terrible that season for Chelsea. He brings in Ba but hardly played him, certainly wouldn’t start Ba over Torres. Torres hardly scored, was very poor, but he still kept starting Torres. So in judging how Rafa will play his strikers, I don’t think any reference to Ba really helps your case – even if you didn’t consider this. And for what it’s worth, our management (Pards) should have stood up more to Ba and better explained what was best for the team.

    That said, Ba was the best striker that we have had at the club in the Ashley era – Maybe you can say Owen, but he was a sick note with questionable attitude and Carroll left too soon, but I’d say Ba was better than him during his time.


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