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.
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