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Matt Ritchie gives fitness update on Thursday afternoon for Huddersfield

4 years ago

Matt Ritchie cut short his get together with Scotland.

Playing 87 minutes of the defeat to Costa Rica on Friday, instead of then heading to Hungary the player returned to Tyneside to be assessed.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon, Matt Ritchie says it was a groin problem that forced his withdrawal.

The Newcastle winger saying he ‘trained light’ this week but then was able to join in with full training today [Thursday].

With 48 hours until the match, Ritchie has declared ‘I feel good’.

Having hit goalscoring form with goals in the last two home matches, Matt Ritchie will hope to add to that against a Huddersfield side who have conceded 30 goals in 15 away matches.

Matt Ritchie asked about his injury situation by NUFC TV:

“I am better.

“I was struggling with my groin after the [Scotland] game, took the decision to come away, make sure I could prepare for this game on Saturday.

“I have trained light this week and then today [Thursday] trained with the squad, so it is feeling good.

“You have to look after your body and obviously a big game coming up on Saturday.

“It was important to make sure that I was right.

“I came back and got some treatment, I feel good.

“You want to keep playing.

“Confidence is good at the minute and I feel like I am performing well.

“Hopefully we can go into the game with confidence throughout the team.

“We’re looking forward to the game, it’s a big one.

“I was hitting the woodwork quite a few times and hopefully the luck is coming my way [having scored against Man Utd and Southampton in the last two home games].

“It’s no surprise that when you work harder than the other team, you have more chance of winning the game.

“When we have started really well in games at home the confidence goes right around the stadium.”


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