Newcastle United have failed in their bid to get legal clearance for Joey Barton to play against Liverpool on Saturday.
Joey Barton – not available for Saturday
It turns out that under the restrictions of his bail, the Liverpool born midfielder is not able to visit Liverpool, the city where his altercation occurred just after Christmas.
In fact Barton is due to be in front of magistrates in Liverpool next week on an assault charge. This follows his latest incident outside a McDonaldâ€™s restaurant in Liverpool city center on December 27th.
Apparently Barton was in court on Monday in an attempt to get a judge to lift the restriction. The plea apparently was flatly turned down, which is hardly surprising.
Thereâ€™s nothing like having your own troubles in a time when Newcastle are starting to look at a big relegation fight on their hands.
So Kevin Keegan will need to look at other midfield options for Saturday. It still looks like Emre may not be fit yet again and Kevin could do worse than play young Charles Nâ€™Zogbia in central midfield. Charles likes playing there, and certainly could provide some drive in midfield for us.
Turkish international Emre has not played since the 4-1 defeat by Aston Villa on February 9th. He has a niggling injury similar to Viduka and Emre is out with a calf injury while Mark still has a slight hamstring problem.
Emre’s absence in particular has been a a big problem for Keegan as Kevin sees Emre creating the chances for his front two.Â This is not a good time to have these players unavailable to the team.
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