Newcastle midfielder returns to club after compassionate leave

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Argentinian midfielder Jonas Gutiérrez has returned to Newcastle United training after Alan Pardew granted him compassionate leave.

Newcastle United's Jonas Gutiérrez has returned to full training ahead of Saturday's home game against a struggling Norwich City side.

Gutiérrez had been granted compassionate leave by Magpies boss Alan Pardew last month, during which period the former Mallorca man returned home to his family in Argentina.

The thirty year old is in contention for the first time since he was used as a second half substitute Newcastle's 2-1 away victory at Cardiff City in early October, but Alan Pardew refused to confirm whether the Argentine was in a position to make an immediate return to the first team.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, Pardew said: “He’s trained this week, and I’m really pleased to have him in and around us.”

When further questioned as to whether Gutiérrez could be involved this weekend, Pardew remained coy, telling reporters "potentially".

Newcastle have enjoyed a resurgence of late, following a slow start to the season which saw sections of the fan base calling for the former Southampton and Charlton boss to leave the club.

The Magpies occupy 9th position after eleven games of the new Premier League season.

They are in line to extend their winning streak to three games, should they overcome former boss Chris Hughton's Canaries outfit this Saturday.

Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett are both set to make their returns this weekend following hamstring concerns, whilst Mathieu Debuchy will miss out after picking up five yellow cards so far this season.

 

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