Joe Kinnear will probably start Joey Barton on the bench for tomorrow’s massive game at Sunderland.
Joey Barton – ready for his comeback at Sunderland
It appears that Joey is itching to get back in to the action and we heard today that Nicky Butt may be doubtful with a hip injury, and if Nicky fails a fitness test, then Joey will be drafted in to start the game.
Earlier this week Joe sat down with Joey for a private one on one talk, no doubt about what he has to do when he returns to the fold, but Joey’s subsequent actions will tell us whether he has a long term future in football.
But there’s no doubt on the football side of things Joe has every confidence in Joey, as he told the Newcastle Journal today:
“I have the utmost confidence in Joey Barton. In fact, my only concern is football-related and to see in training over the next couple of days and see just what effect his workout for the reserves against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night has had on him.”
“We are aware of what has happened to Joey and we are not trying to hide his past. But he has to focus on his future, and the way back for him is to do well on the field, starting at Sunderland.”
We expect to see Joey join the action at some time during the game, and we fully expect a loud series of boos from the Sunderland fans, and that’s the least Joey will be expecting.
We need 3 points tomorrow, and it will need a massive performance from the lads to achieve that – here’s hoping.