Kevin Keegan plans to recall Joey Barton to his squad for the FA Cup 4th round tie at Arsenal on Saturday.
Joey Barton – could be recalled for Saturday’s game
The Newcastle manager wants to name the midfield star in his squad for the FA Cup game with Arsenal in London, and then ensure he gets back to Hampshire in time to beat his 7pm curfew at the clinic he is being treated at.
“We’ve got lads to come back for Arsenal, and I’m looking forward to Joey Barton getting back as well.”
Barton has not played since before Christmas and is due to next appears in court in March on an assault charge. Joey however has been training regularly with the squad using a helicopter to fly him to and from Tyneside.
This has been brought up before, and as long as he can get back to Hampshire by 7:00 pm heâ€™s apparently OK with the conditions of his bail. That would rule out any games like last Saturdayâ€™s 5:15 pm KO in Newcastle, but games in London would seem to be workable.
Since heâ€™s apparently in limbo until his March court date, we suppose itâ€™s best to get him back doing something constructive.
What do you think?