Joey Barton Ready To Return Soon

Joey Barton is finally coming back to the fold as he has started some light training this week.

His comeback date on PhysioRoom.Com is down as 23rd September. That’s a strange date, being a Sunday, but that’s the official date he is expected to resume full training with the squad.

Barton was injured back on 21st July when he was made captain for the away game at Carlisle United. That’s unfortunately when he broke the 5th metatarsal in his left foot.


Joey Barton – enjoying pre-season training before injuring his left foot

As we witnessed with Michael Owen, these injuries can be tricky, and they never seem to heal quickly or as expected. Initially Joey was expected to be out for 6 weeks but it will be a full 8 weeks tomorrow that Joey was injured.

In that time Newcastle have looked very strong in most areas of the field but the central midfield seems to have lacked creativity. Joey can help solve that problem, and he certainly looked an excellent player in pre-season, before sustaining his injury.

When you look at the games coming up for Newcastle most think a good date for him to return is against his old club Manchester City, at Eastlands on Saturday, 29th September. That will of course be against his old team, who are having a resurgence under new manager, Sven Eriksson.

Certainly that should be an excellent and competitive game with both sides very strong in defense and much improved from last season. It will be great to have Joey back for that game as he’s been missed already this season.

We’ve started a discussion topic on What Difference Will Joey Barton Make in Midfield on our Newcastle United Forum. Please join in the discussion, if you have the time, and let’s have your views on this.

We think he’ll add another dimension to the team.

Comments always appreciated.

5 comments so far

  • rave

    Sep 14, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #1

    hope he will rebuild his form as soon as possible
    the team need him!

  • Big Sam Fan

    Sep 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Obviously hes a big part of our team, and our central midfield looks very defensive at the moment, although the gols are coming, not as much as you would have thought with the squad we have. with joey back in the fold, you can see goals coming from all over the park, he creates time and space, and like gareth barry he can pin point passes to set people up. although its not desperate at the moment, as our form shows us, he is needed, looking forward to that smith barton partnership for us in future weeks..HOWAY THE LADS!!

  • Stephen

    Sep 14, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Cant wait to see him play for us…….

    We brought in players for us too look hard to beat we need a balance though and he will give it to us he reminds me of Gerrard he drives the team forward and scores goals too..

    He is my favourite siging this season i think he is under rated can be as good as Gerrard i think…….

    When he was at Man.City he was clearly tere best player…….

    Needs to get his attidude right and if he does that we have one of the bargians of the season…….

    Thinking about it nearly all the players we bought are bargains ha..

    Shows he has a good eye for a player also we went for Ben -Haim and Sidwell on frees we would of got them too if it wasnt for money bags Chelsea…..

  • Hadji

    Sep 14, 2007 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Can’t wait for his long range shots.

  • hadrian

    Sep 14, 2007 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    cant wait , we have a potential world class star here in joey , his game really resembles that of gerrard , and he’s younger to boot .
    with a good squad around him , im thinking joey could be the best 6 mill newcastle have ever spent .
    still not sure who id drop to get him into the squad tho … how great is that !!!!


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