Barton To Have Scan On Knee Today

The injury jinx that has been at Newcastle for a long time now, reappeared yesterday as Joey Barton limped out of the Wigan game, after only 16 minutes had elapsed on the clock.

Joey Barton – injured knee

Joey Barton left St.  James’ Park on crutches last night, and will have a scan to see what the extent of his knee injury is today.

Joey was tackled by the impressive former Middlesbrough midfielder, Lee Cattermole, in the first half, and Joey was replaced soon after by Danny Guthrie, who had a decent game in the middle of the park.

Joe Kinnear talked last night about the injury:

“Joey has serious swelling and is on crutches.” “He’s going to hospital in the morning to have a scan.” “We will find out how bad it is in the morning.”

While the tackle from Cattermole was hard, it appeared to be fair, and the player was not even brought up for a foul.

Newcastle went down 1-0 very early in the game, to a great, if fortunate goal from Taylor after just 3 minutes, and it wasn’t until the 80th minute that Michael Owen leveled the scores and then Oba Martins hit a screamer after 87 minutes to put us ahead. We then thought we had all 3 points in the bag, against 10 man Wigan.

But then who would have throught that within a minute Newcastle would concede another sloppy goal, and we lost yet another 2 points.

Kinnear said:

“We probably didn’t need to give the corner away that led to the goal from Bramble.” “To get beaten by a header so late is a sickener.”

“Had we won we’d be in the top 10 because of the way this league is.”

We’ve now picked up just 1 point from games away at Fulham and at home to Wigan, and leaked 4 poor goals in the process, so these two games have been hugely disappointing to Newcastle fans, and we’re still 4th bottom of the league.   Not good.

Now we face a daunting trip to Stamford Bridge next Saturday, and then we are away at Middlesbrough.  Time for heroes.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • p

    Nov 16, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Thought the tackle was shocking myself…..

    If Barton had made the same tackle on an opposition player he’d more than likely been sent off!

  • clinta

    Nov 16, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed you need to put a ‘no one’ marker in your “Who was the best player against …..” poll corner, as I haven’t been able to vote the past two games…!

  • UTD111

    Nov 16, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    The defence actually played Ok and I thought Coloccini was top man again. He seems to play more comfortably with Bassong than he does with Taylor. Neither of the goals were the fault of defensive players – the first was an unstoppable fluke, the second…well Ameobi was supposed to mark Bramble but did booger all as usual, and Duff was supposed to stop things at the post…..

    I’d keep the same defence and put Nzogbia in the middle of a 5 man midfield at Chelski with Owen on his own up front.

  • Sav

    Nov 16, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Utd111, I wouldn’t say the first goal was an unstoppable fluke. The midfield didn’t make any effort to close him down – Barton in particular jogged along behind the lad and invited him to have a pop. Shameful defending and typical of the lethargic starts we’ve been making in the last 3 or 4 games. That never would have happened under Keegan.

  • Sav

    Nov 16, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Like to see a place beinbg found for Zog, though. Neithr Duffer nor Guttierez were prepared to take on Ryan Taylor on the outside yesterday, cutting inside to little effect time and again.

  • David_Barber

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #6

    SAV: none of this would have happened under Keegan! Because of surprising starts by some of the other clubs- we would be where Villa is! We have no direction-no balance! That is not JFK’s fault-as he shouldn’t even be manager! So I won’t even go there! Only to say-thanks for taking us on-when no one else would! p you are spot on mate!

  • David_Barber

    Nov 17, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry did I forget-to mention I hate Ashley!


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