Good news today that Newcastle expect their controversial midfielder Joey Barton to return from his MCL Knee Ligament injury in mid-January.
Joey Barton – back from knee injury in January
In fact Newcastle are top of the league on Physioroom.com with 7 injuries.
Player Injury Return Date D Duff Groin/Pelvis Injury no return date S Ameobi Ankle/Foot Injury no return date J Barton MCL Knee Ligament Injury 17th Jan 09 Xisco Groin Strain 6th Dec 08 I Gonzalez Achilles Tendinopathy Mar 09 A Smith Achilles Tendinopathy 28th Jan 09 W Ngo Baheng ACL Knee Injury 1st Jan 09
That’s another reason we need a bigger squad because we just haven’t worked out why we get so many injuries, and are nearly always top of this particular league table.
It also means that Joey will have been out of action for nine weeks after picking up a knee ligament injury in the draw with Wigan Athletic at St James’s Park in mid-November.
Newcastle manager said:
“We have just had Joey’s injury re-assessed and the doctor and physio team tell me we can expect to have him back in the middle of January.”
“And now that he has a date to aim for, it will give Joey a big lift.” “The same applies to Alan Smith, who we are hoping to have back with us by the end of January following his injury problems.
“But at this moment in time we do not know when Ignacio Gonzalez will be returning.” “Shola has an ankle and foot injury and he is doubtful for Saturday.” “He is probably 50-50, but I don’t think it would be wise to risk him.”
“While Damien Duff will not make Saturday, I am expecting him to be with us when we go to Portsmouth next weekend.”
It’s just a pity that we never did get to the bottom of why we get so many injuries at Newcastle, which is a pity.
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