JONAS Gutierrez is set for a return to Newcastle United’s squad – having been left out last weekend over a training ground bust-up.
The Argentinian was axed from John Carver’s squad for last Sunday’s sixth successive defeat to Tottenham.
Newcastle, seven points above third-bottom Leicester, now have five games in which to secure Premier League survival.
Going into Saturday’s crucial home game against Swansea City, both head coach Carver and winger Gutierrez are keen to draw a line under the matter ahead of a hugely-important few weeks.
It is understood that Gutierrez will be back in the squad. The 31-year-old is reconciled to the fact that he will not be getting a new contract at St James’s Park when his deal expires this summer, but Gutierrez is determined to do everything to keep the Magpies up.
Carver, meanwhile, will also have Siem de Jong available against Swansea for the first time since September.
The Dutch forward – who had surgery after suffering a collapsed lung in February – played 72 minutes of an Under-21 game this week and will be on the bench.
However, the match could come too soon for fit-again defender Paul Dummett, who is back in training after recovering from the knee injury which has sidelined him for two months.