JONAS Gutierrez could be on the bench for Newcastle United for Saturday’s Premier League game against Aston Villa.
Gutierrez has yet to feature for the first team since returning after treatment for cancer.
He tweeted during the week that he was fit and ready, but head coach John Carver revealed that he didn’t think that the Argentinian was in good enough shape yet.
But in his press conference ahead of the Villa game, Carver said Gutierrez is in his plans for the match.
“Jonas Gutierrez is in the squad,” revealed Carver. “There’s a possibility he could be on the bench and that’s a massive lift for everyone.”
Gutierrez is believed to have a clause in his Newcastle contract which guarantees him a new deal if he plays eight more games for the club.