Joey Barton Could Be Out Until March

Joe Kinnear has come out today with the rather surprising news that Joey Barton could well be out injured until March.


Joey Barton – out until Match?

Joe will need to scour Europe and even down in the Championship League for players who are good enough to play in the center of the park for Newcastle, and it would be good if he can bring in some young players, who are on their way up.

Joe said today:

“I think Joey’s pretty much two months away (from playing),” “He’s got to get himself back in shape, hasn’t he?”

“I know they’re saying he’ll be ready to start training in six weeks but I think he’ll need at least another two or three weeks after that. We’re probably looking at March before he comes back into the side.”

“That’s a big blow. It’s more serious than we actually thought. It means we’ll be looking for a midfielder in the transfer window now.”

Barton was initially said to be coming back in mid-January, and at that time everything looked good because Joey didn’t need an operation, but it looks like there was some poor judgement there as Joe continued:

“He hasn’t needed surgery but because of the delicacy of where the surgery is, it’s taking longer than we anticipated for it to perfectly knit together,”

Joe Kinnear admitted yesterday he might have to look to the Championship for bargains, rather than spending big money, because Mike Ashley will not invest too much money, given the uncertainty of his ownership of the club.

But on the bright side, we think there are some decent bargains in that league and some excellent up and coming youngsters.  No club will be spending big money in January, and even Man City have said they will only go after players Mark Hughes has identified and they will not pay over the odds for them (as they did for Robinho).

Clubs will be wary of spending big money because of the terrible world-wide credit crunch going on.

Joe continued:

“The credit crunch will play a major role in transfer window activity,”

“Whatever price is thrown out there everyone is going back with half that amount. Plus we have seen so many clubs that are up for sale.”

That may even help Newcastle in their quest for new players, but one thing is for certain, and that is the January transfer window will be extremely important for Newcastle United this season.

If we can do as well as we did in the transfer market in the summer, we may even end up having a decent season, and that would be very satisfactory given what we’ve all been through so far this year.

Onward and upward.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    big blow!

    If Guthrie or Butt get injured long term before january we’re in trouble.

    on the plus side the Guthrie Butt partnership looks good at the moment

  • AO

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    An interesting read. I cant see how liverpool are better supported than man yoo though. In fact having read it again its rubbish considering less than 3 thousand fans were polled.

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Abou Diaby on loan then, he’ll add pace and power to our heart of midfield.

    Manuel Fernandes are not getting many games at Valencia, he would be a great loan signing. Btw they owe us for the crappy Nacho they sent us.

    Stephen Appiah for free is an obvious target, if he’s fit he’s a class act. He will be demanding a solid salary, but if he’s fit he’s worth it. Bring him in, he would dominate the PL with his strenght and ability.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Why bother coming on this blog?
    Nobody likes you or gives two stuffs what you have to say you irritating twat.

  • AO

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #5

    sirjasontool- its worth coming on to see you get your knickers in a twist alone.

    Enjoy your christmas alone mate. I will log on christmas day if you need someone to talk to.

  • Tore Torell

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Tiago (Juventus) should be given a go again, even if he seemed to be fairly reluctant to be loaned to Everton in the summer! (see below)

    I’d give it a go, he never gets a game at Juventus.

    “The negotiations between the player and the club had a violent end when Tiago forcibly locked Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli inside a toilet. Cobolli Gigli was finally rescued by Alessandro del Piero more than an hour later.”

  • AO

    Dec 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    “The negotiations between the player and the club had a violent end when Tiago forcibly locked Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli inside a toilet. Cobolli Gigli was finally rescued by Alessandro del Piero more than an hour later.”

    I bet that story brings back bad memories for sirjasontool. He still has mental scars from when he was bullied at school by the younger kids who would tease him and flush his head down the toilet.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #8

    Nothing is in a twist my sad little spud friend, I just can’t see the point of an adult like yourself coming on here specifically trying to wind people up,to say I am baffled is an understatement.

    As for your speculation about my christmas it will be spent with my beautiful girlfriend girlfriend,our son Corey and her parents.

    For your information sad act if you think I am some lonely skint geordie I actually run a recruitment agency if you need proof of this that can be arranged you little prat.

  • AO

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #9

    sirjasontool- the fact you are an adult with a kid makes the childish comments you come out with even funnier! I thought you were a kid going by the childish comments you make.

    I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder so i will take your word for it that your missus is a belter. I dont care where you work i just find it hilarious that you have the mental age of a 12 year old.

    I am off christmas shopping in an hour but could you please have one more attempt at a witty poem so i can face the crowds on oxford street with a smile on my face.

  • AndrewNUFC

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10


  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #11

    I was thinking Bullard.

    There is nowt wrong with a bit of Wumming on the boards but the more you respond to the prat (my own conclusions after reading the dribble all week) the more he will post.

    Just ignore lads.

  • wigaz

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #12

    def bring bullard in now! we could get him for decent money £2-3m & would add a bit extra to our mid. I think we should go for a goalscoring AM though as we have butt & guthrie to sit.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #13

    It’s boring now,enjoy your shop lifting toe rag.

    Bullard would be a sound investment and his work ethics are immense,excellent engine and would be a great addition to the team.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Good idea i am not responding to anymore of his stupidity the guys a crack pot.

  • selly no skill

    Dec 20, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #15

    nice to see we are linked with bullard.just the type of midfielder we need to replace barton.would probably play well together too when joeys fit

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 20, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #16

    selly-where are we linked with Bullard? its been said this morning he isnt going anywhere in Jan anyway has it not.

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 20, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #17

    All the more reason to bring in minimum two central midfield players during the January transfer window….

    Jamie O’Hara; Jimmy Bullard; Sissoko, etc…

    We need a creative player and although Elano looked great for part of last season, he’s done nothing for a while!!!


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