Sam Pulls the Reigns on Joey Barton


Sam talked today about the enthusiasm of Joey Barton and his desire to get into action for Newcastle as soon as possible, following his metatarsal injury, which he sustained almost 11 weeks ago.

But Sam is being wise in holding Joey back until he is fully match fit. It would be rather stupid to play Joey early, like on Sunday, and have him get injured again because he wasn’t really ready for full game action.

That sounds almost exactly what happened with Michael Owen playing for England last June in the World Cup, doesn’t it.

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Joey Barton – champing at the bit to get back for Newcastle

Sam said today:

“Joey is very enthusiastic about playing football and it was that sort of character which was one of the reasons we signed him,” “It has been very frustrating for him to have been unable to play when he has only just joined a new club, but we will not rush him back.”

“I would love to be able to play Joey against Everton but I’ll always make sure my head rules my heart on decisions like this because I have to think about the long term. There is no chance, absolutely no chance, that Joey will be involved against Everton.”

“I know he wants to play, but he is a footballer, not a medical expert. We will make the decision when he plays, not him. That decision will be taken by medical experts in consultation with myself and the coaching staff.”

“The injury has taken a little longer than we thought to heal and, having waited patiently for so long, we’d be stupid to rush him back now just because he wants to play as quickly as possible. There is a big difference between being fit enough to train and fit enough to play in the Premier League.” “We’re having to hold him back a little because he wants to get back into it, but it’s for his own good. We are looking after his long term interests.”

“When you have been out for a long time and come back you are at a greater risk of picking up another injury elsewhere because the body isn’t strong enough to cope. He is coming back slowly and he won’t be involved with the first team until after the international break.”

As we covered yesterday Joey will need to wait until the Tottenham game on Monday night, October 22nd, when other first teamers such as Owen, Carr and Babayaro should also be ready to play  again. Carr and Babayaro are due to return to full training this coming Monday.  Ameobi’s groin injury still has no return date. But with Caçapa being ready for Sunday it will be interesting to see what our injury record is like then, since most of our current crop of injuries should have cleared up, touch wood.

Whoops, I almost forgot , there’s an international break before then 🙁

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3 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Oct 5, 2007 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    LOOKING FORWARD TO BARTON’S DEBUT…..

    STOP PRESS….ENGLAND SQUAD ANNOUNCED AT 12.00 ON SKY SPORTS NEWS…WILL OWEN BE IN IT????????

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  • Steve K

    Oct 5, 2007 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #2

    With the International Break coming up there’s even more incentive not to throw Joey in the deep end. If Joey feels he’s fit enough to play right now, it means he should be more than ready in two weeks time.

    Out of all of our signings he’s the one I’m personally most excited about, I really believe he can transform the side.

    Signing of the summer (for us) so far has to be Viduka… some of the bigger sides must be wondering why they didn’t snatch him up.

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  • leo

    Oct 5, 2007 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #3

    signing of the season i believe will be david rozehnal easily or claudio cacapa

    owen is in the squad, what a suprise.

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