Joey Barton cost Newcastle â‚¤5.8M from Manchester City in the summer but he has yet to make a competitive appearance for the Magpies. Joey suffered a partial fracture of his fifth metatarsal during the pre-season friendly game at Car lisle on July 21st, when he was captain for the day.
The usual time out for these injuries is about 6 weeks but since he now plays for Newcastle it’s already been over 10 weeks since he got injured 😀
Joey Barton – has been so enthusiastic at Newcastle
Joey has impressed us with his enthusiasm for the club, having traveled to the first team games with Newcastle, attended the reserve team games and even gone on a scouting mission with Reserve Team boss Lee Clark back to Carlisle. He was shown at the end of the Manchester City game at Eastlands on Saturday on TV and looked a little devastated at the result. The chants of â€œJoey, Joey whatâ€™s the score?â€ from the Manchester City fans couldn’t have helped. But City are vastly changed since last season thanks to Sven Eriksson and his team doing an amazing transformation so quickly. You don’t get the record Eriksson has in club football for nothing. We;’re glad he stayed in England because the league will benefit and we’ll all have to forget the disappointments with England.
The games Barton did get to play in midfield show him to be almost the perfect player Newcastle need in midfield right now. So Sam certainly seems to know how to put a team together. Like all players who are enthusiastic as Joey, he wants to get back quickly.
However Big Sam put a bit of a damper on that yesterday and we think it was just to put a bit of reality on the situation for both Barton and the media, Sam said it’s going to be at least 4 weeks for Joey to get match fit but he’s included in the team for tonight’s reserve game at Manchester City, so we think (hope) it will be a bit earlier than that. Just hope Joey has a stormer for the reserves tonight, or at least a good game under his belt.
Sam Allardyce said yesterday:
â€œJoey Bartonâ€™s got no chance for Everton on Sunday. It will be four or five weeks â€“ or at least three or four reserve team games.â€
Sam mentioned this obviously because Joey was saying over the weekend he could possibly make the Everton game on Sunday. Barton is now ready to begin his competitive comeback and will start in a strong Newcastle second-string at the Regional Athletics Arena. No doubt Joey will know quite a few of the players he will be up against tonight and the Newcastle team will also include first-teamers Emre, Jose Enrique and Abdoulaye Faye as they continue their rehabilitation to full match fitness.
Lee Clark will start with the following team;
Fraser Forster, Mark Bertram, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, David Edgar, Emre, Matty Pattison, Joey Barton, James Troisi, Jonny Godsmark, Frank Wiafe Danquah.
Subs: Mark Cook, Darren Lough, Callum Morris, Kazenga LuaLua, Mark Doninger
It’s certainly a powerful side and we’re sure Sam will be concentrating on these reserve team fixtures more than recent managers at Newcastle. We think Sam wants to win the reserve team league – that’s prior to winning the Premiership of course 😀