Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life with Cabaye Is Very Easy; Guthrie Delighted with Yohan Guthrie Hopes Cabaye's Back for City Clash

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life with Cabaye Is Very Easy; Guthrie Delighted with Yohan Guthrie Hopes Cabaye's Back for City Clash

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

DANNY Guthrie has found it difficult playing "catch-up" on his Newcastle United team-mates this season, but working alongside Yohan Cabaye has been extremely easy, writes STUART RAYNER.

The Liverpool product was made to wait until the last day of October for his first Premier League start this season.

Until then Guthrie had been limited to two games in the League Cup and three for the reserves, plus a substitute appearance at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Yet he showed few signs of rust deputising for the injured Cheick Tiote against Stoke City and Everton last week. Guthrie broke his ankle in United's first pre-season game, at Darlington, and was ruled out until early September.

"I've had a torrid time with injuries in the past year, so it's been really nice to get back into the side," he reflected.

"I got injured in pre-season so I've always been playing catch-up on the other lads. Once I got fit and played a couple of reserve games I felt I was ready to play.

"It's terrible really when you don't get a proper pre-season. You can do your own preseason with the physios but you're forever playing catch-up and it's really difficult. I was trying to do too much and picking up little niggling injuries but I've found a level now."

Being thrown into the first team with so little football presented psychological as well as physical challenges, but the 24-year-old is well used to them by now.

"You can try not to put too much pressure on yourself when you come into the side but you have to step up to the plate now and then," he reasoned. "Stoke away's not the easiest place for your first start of the season!" Guthrie said his task was made far easier by the presence of Cabaye, and feels he has been integral to the spirit which has pushed United up to third in the league, despite his rusty English. …

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