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Gutierrez and Carver resolve Newcastle training ground spat

Jonas Gutierrez will return to the Newcastle squad for the game against Swansea. Credit: PA

Jonas Gutierrez will return to the Newcastle squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea after settling his differences with head coach John Carver.

The 31-year-old Argentinian, who has returned to fitness after winning his battle against testicular cancer, was conspicuous by his absence from the matchday 18 for Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Tottenham, and Carver later declined to discuss the situation.

However, the two men sat down together on Monday and have shaken hands and put a training ground disagreement behind them.

Carver said: "There was a situation on the training ground, which happens at every club. We've got together, had a conversation, shaken hands like two grown men and we're moving on.

"Without going into too much detail - because I think what happens on the training ground or dressing room stays there - as far as we're both concerned, he trained with us on Monday, we had a conversation, it was a private conversation, no hard feelings. We've shaken hands and we're moving on."

Asked if Gutierrez would be included in the squad this weekend, Carver said: "Absolutely."

Pardew dismisses Palace move for Newcastle 'keeper

Pardew has riled out a move for Krul. Credit: PA

Alan Pardew has rubbished reports Crystal Palace will swoop for Newcastle's Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul, branding speculation as "unwelcome".

Palace boss Pardew ruled out signing a goalkeeper at all this summer, putting his full faith in Julian Speroni and Wayne Hennessey.

Former Newcastle boss Pardew said he had made no contact with Krul or the St James' Park club, and backed the 27-year-old to remain on Tyneside this summer.

"Well I'm surprised at that because there's been no contact between me and Newcastle, and certainly there's been no contact between me and the player or the agents who represent him," said Pardew.

"I don't know where that's come from, and quite frankly it's unwelcome really.

"I have a great situation with my goalies here. Tim Krul is a great goalie but he's a Newcastle goalie and I'm pretty confident that's where he'll stay.

"So I don't understand that, but as far as we're concerned we're looking at a number of players for next year, but at the moment not the goalkeeping position."


Janmaat tipped to be next Newcastle captain

Carver says Janmaat is a leader. Credit: PA

Daryl Janmaat is a Newcastle captain in waiting - and could even be handed the armband next season.

Head coach John Carver has admitted he would consider installing the 25-year-old Holland international as his skipper if his tenure was extended beyond the summer after being hugely impressed by his contribution both on and off the pitch during a testing campaign.

Asked if he would be tempted to hand the armband to Janmaat, Carver said: "I'd be tempted, yes, because he's a proper leader. He's got character, strength, he's good around the dressing room. Whatever you ask him to do, he'll do and he has a good presence around the place.

"He leads by example, and that's what you need a captain to do."

Newcastle striker set for comeback after collapsed lung

Siem de Jong is on his way back. Credit: PA

Siem de Jong is targeting Newcastle's home clash with Swansea later this month for a return to senior action after an eight-month injury nightmare.

The 26-year-old Holland international midfielder played 45 minutes for the club's Under-21s team on Wednesday evening after competing his recovery from surgery to repair a collapsed lung.

Head coach John Carver has hinted that De Jong could even make the 18 for Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Tottenham at St James' Park, and while the Dutchman has not ruled that out, his sights are set the Swans' visit to Tyneside on the following weekend.

He told nufcTV: "I don't think I could play 90 minutes in the coming weeks, so it will be maybe as a substitute at the end of the game, but I don't know if I will be on the bench...We haven't discussed yet when I'll be back.

"But I hope Swansea - I don't know yet if Tottenham would be a good time, but I hope to be back on the bench against Swansea, depending on how it goes in the coming days and depending on how I feel tomorrow after today.

"We'll see how it goes. I still have to get a little bit stronger, a little bit more explosive, a little faster, and hopefully I can work on that in the coming days."

Newcastle's poor form hard for Carver to take

Newcastle have won just two of 13 matches under John Carver Credit: Reuters

The backlash from Newcastle fans over the team's poor form has been hard to take, head coach John Carver has said.

The Magpies head to Liverpool on Monday night having won just two of the 13 matches they have played since Carver replaced Alan Pardew.

The slide in form included a fifth successive derby defeat at Sunderland last weekend and fans have waged a campaign to boycott the next home game, Tottenham's visit to St James' Park.

It's not easy to take, mind, it's hard to take, but you have to, you have to live with it. It's part of what we do.

It would be dead easy to say, 'I've had enough, thanks'. I'm not going to do that, and I have still got my enthusiasm, as you can see.

When we get to Anfield, the fans will still be hurting from last weekend, but hopefully they'll put all that aside and get behind the team.

– John Carver
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