The right-sided midfielder, who earns £45,000-a-week at St James Park (Source: Spotrac), missed the Magpies’ last league game ahead of the international break against Manchester City but provided a positive update on Friday.
Jim White asked Ritchie who phoned in for an interview with talkSPORT whether he was fit and well as he heard that the player had undergone treatment this morning.
“Yeah, I’m getting better, I trained this morning so just have to see how it is tomorrow and it’s down to the manager,” said Ritchie on talkSPORT (Friday September 14, 12:34pm).
This is a huge boost for the Magpies ahead of their clash with Arsenal as Ritchie has proven himself to be an important player in Rafa Benitez’s side. The 29-year-old played all of the Magpies’ league games ahead of being sidelined and it was his cross during the opening game against Spurs that put a chance on a plate for Joselu to fire home. While Joselu took full advantage of Ritchie’s excellent delivery, it ended up being only a consolation goal as Spurs defeated the Magpies 2-1. However Ritchie’s ability to help a struggling forward get a goal showed his importance to the Magpies as his passing and crossing ability does lead to goals for his side. With Salomon Rondon yet to get off the mark in the Premier League for the Magpies than he would benefit from Ritchie playing alongside him against the Gunners. Hopefully this ends up being the case as if Ritchie is playing against Arsenal than Rondon will no doubt be supplied with golden opportunities to score and this could lead to Benitez’s side getting an important result.