The Daily Mirror is reporting this morning that Joey Barton is ready to give Newcastle United a massive lift, by declaring himself fit in the next couple of weeks.
Joey Barton – fit within two weeks?
It appears that Barton is due to see a specialist about his medial knee ligament injury today, and hopes to get the all clear to resume training by the end of the week.
Unfortunately we have to point out that the Mirror says that Joey’s had a broken leg, so that doesn’t really give us a lot of confidence in this story by reporter Alan Nixon. 😀
But the return of Barton would be great news for Newcastle, because it will help lift the burden on Guthrie and Butt in Newcastle’s central midfield, as the two of them have been the only two fit central midfielders for some time now.
We saw what happened at Stoke, when one of them gets injured.
We have no idea if this story is true, but it may prompt Joe Kinnear to address Joey’s injury situation today, so we’ll get an accurate update from Joe.
The last we heard about it from Joe the the knee was not healing well, and he even mentioned March as a possible return date at that time, but things may have improved since then.
On Physioroom.com , the expected return to training date for Joey is 17th January, and even that’s not too far away.
Let’s hope there’s some truth in this report.