Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gutierrez a Fitness Worry for Argentina

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gutierrez a Fitness Worry for Argentina

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Byline: LEE RYDER

JONAS GUTIERREZ will be "wrapped in cotton wool" by Diego Maradona after concerns about a muscular problem for the winger grew today when he sat out Argentina's latest training session.

News emerging from the Argentina camp claimed Gutierrez was suffering from "muscle discomfort", with United boss Chris Hughton keeping tabs on the situation from afar.

Gutierrez endured both hamstring and thigh problems during Newcastle's romp towards the Championship title last term.

The last thing Hughton wants is for one of his star men to miss the start of the season, especially with Danny Simpson already recovering from surgery to repair a damaged tendon.

Argentina won 5-0 in a warmup game over Canada earlier this week but have no more fixtures scheduled until their opening game of the World Cup in Johannesburg against Nigeria.

Gutierrez was hoping to be fit for the clash in 16 days' time.

He said: "It is important to train hard now, but also to enjoy moments to be with the family before going to South Africa in 100% shape. …

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