It seems that Joey Barton will not be back in the Newcastle side for quite a while.
Joey Barton – still 4 weeks until he’s back
Chris Hughton talked about Joey Barton today, and the news is not too good:
“There is no chance of Joey being back in early March,”
“He’s still probably four weeks away. He’s still wearing the surgical boot, he’s not allowed too much movement.”
“I feel for Joey because it’s one of the most frustrating injuries. There isn’t so much you can do.”
“He can work upper body but once he gets the boot off, he can do some more work. I think it’s the type of injury that tends to be a set time.”
Joey has another metatarsal fracture in his foot, which he had last year too, and those tend to take some time to recover.
Newcastle currently have Joey and Danny Guthrie both out injured, and with Kevin Nolan now suspended for 3 games, the hope is that Guthrie can be for for Sunday’s game at Bolton, but no word from Newcastle on whether that’s a possibility.
Danny has been recovering from a hamstring pull, and he’s been in light training for a week or two.
At some point this season it will be good to see how Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton play together, in central midfield, and hopefully by that time, we’ll be safe from relegation fears, at least for this season.