Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is now set to miss the start of the new Barclay’s Premiership season through injury.
It has been confirmed that Joey fractured a metatarsal bone in his foot during yesterday’s 1-1 friendly draw at Carlisle United. It had been rumored early this morning that Barton may have sustained the injury.
He underwent scans last night and faces six or seven weeks on the sidelines, robbing Newcastle of their Â£5.8M signing for the opening phase of the campaign.
Joey Barton – out for up to 7 weeks
Newcastle fans had been looking forward to Sam Allardyce and his team ending the injury scourge which has plagued Newcastle in recent years and particularly hard over the last two seasons. Sam and his team are introducing a scientific approach to training which we all hope will reduce injuries. Bolton Wanderers last year had the least injuries of any team in the Premiership – so whatever Sam does seems to work..
Only yesterday Sam Allardyce was singing the praises of Joey Barton â€“ whom he had appointed captain for the day:
“His game is terrific. Joey is phenomenal in the ground he covers.â€
â€œHe’s going to drag the rest of the players up to his standard.â€
“I just want to see how he handles the responsibility of being captain.â€
â€œThe captaincy may go to someone else, but he leads by example.”
Barton’s injury serves as a reminder that even the most meticulous of preparation in life can count for little (remember the plans of mice and men).
It brings up the serious question â€“ Are Newcastle Cursed? When Dutchman Ruud Gullit managed the club from 1998 for one season he did say he thought the club was cursed – because of all the bad luck we were having at the time (sound familiar?).
So are Newcastle really cursed? We think so.
Can a club known to be cursed go on to win the Premier league title within four years? We think so â€“ if we were to be really honest about it.