Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton will not be playing for the club any time soon, according to therapist Peter Kay at the Sporting Chance Clinic in Hampshire. Thatâ€™s where Joey is receiving treatment right now.
Joey Barton – forget about him playing football anytime soon
Barton is receiving treatment at the clinic after being released from prison on bail just last Thursday. He had been remanded there, after being charged with assault after an apparent night out in Liverpool. And that was at 5:30 am in the morning.
Therapist Peter Kay at the clinic, has told people Joey will not be available to Sam Allardyce until at least after his next court appearance in Liverpool, on January 16th. That just happens to be the date of our FA Cup 3rd round replay at St. Jamesâ€™ Park with Stoke City.
Kay told The Guardian yesterday:
“Until the 16th of January, Joey will be with me 24 hours a day.â€
“As for him playing, it will not be happening in the near future.”Â ” There are bail guidelines we are adhering to and we’re concentrating on the work we need to do, which is going well.”
“We do not play keepy-uppy in the garden; we do work of a different nature.” “We are getting on with the work we need to do, which is separate from football, and I could not hope for anything better than what is happening.”
It appears that Sam Allardyce wanted to keep Barton fit within the guidelines of his bail, but Sam may be jumping the gun in wanting Joey to play for Newcastle as soon as possible. Joey may even end up back in jail.
Kay insists the player’s mental rather physical health is his immediate concern â€“ and he is so very right on that one.
This is not the time to see Joey Barton playing for Newcastle United, and he first has to sort out this current misdemeanor, and then plan out what treatment he should be having to help solve his obvious problems. That’s the first concern for Joey Barton.
Playing football is secondary right now, that’s for sure.