Newcastle United manager John Carver has explained to the Northern Echo the process through which Jonas Gutierrez will return to the first team.
The 31-year-old has not made a first team appearance since he returned to Newcastle after a successful battle against testicular cancer.
The paper claims there has been speculation over who decides when the midfielder comes back into the team, but Carver has moved to clarify the situation.
“I will be the one who decides if he is ready for it, and he is ready to go on the bench now. I had a conversation with Jonas (yesterday) morning. He came in to see me, and we both agreed that the time is right for him,” said Carver.
The obvious motive for bringing him back into Newcastle’s midfield is the experience he provides to the team and the fresh legs he’ll provide in the middle of the side.
His experience will be important alongside talented younger players such as Jack Colback and Remy Cabella, who are going to be important over the rest of the season.
That experience is going to be key because there are going to be times when a calm and composed player through the middle is going to be required when matches don’t start well and the Magpies experience other difficult situations.
The fresh option he offers along with the determination he’s likely to show considering what he’s been through, will also make him a very difficult player to get the better of over the rest of the season.