Joey Barton Out For Another 5 Weeks

Chris Hughton has given an update on the injury status of Joey Barton, who has been out since the 2-1 Manchester City defeat in late January.


Joey Barton – could return for Portsmouth game on 27th April

 Coach Hughton says that he hopes to have former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton available for the final five games of Newcastle United’s dismal season.

The 26-year-old broke a metatarsal bone during the defeat at his former club Manchester City in January, and it’s the second time he’s had an injury like that – one to each of his feet, since he arrived at Newcastle just 18 months ago. Football boots these days, just don’t seem to give enough protection to the feet, because that seems a common injury now.

Hughton told nufcTV this morning:

“It’s very much the case that we’re looking at having Joey back for the last four or five matches.”

“It’s been very frustrating for him and for us as well because he’s a quality player.”

“We have to cope with that but when we get him back that will be a big bonus for us.”


Our fifth last match is at home to Portsmouth on Monday, 27th April, so that’s still 5 weeks come Monday, and we had hoped Joey would have returned before then.

So this is not particularly good news on Joey, although having him back for the final 5 games is certainly better than not having him available at all.

We only have 9 games left in total, so it seems that unless we can put a good win streak together soon, this thing will go down to the last few games.

Not something Newcastle fans will necessarily be looking forward to, after such a terrible season this time around.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • komfort

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #1


  • Monster

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    This is a pisser. We’ve missed Barton I reckon.

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    bit of a blow that….

    he will be lucky to get back into his stride before the end of the season so doubt we will see the best of the lad….

    Hope he stays in the summer and goes on to prove how good a player he is…..Would be my choice for captain

  • Toonkistan

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    LoonyToon…agree on that…worst piece of news as i was expecting to start him next match after chelsea game…..however Joey for captain hmm i’d think twice…..nolan seems to be a good option….passionate and english 😀

  • Toonkistan

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    oops…expecting him to start 🙂

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope we don’t sell him in the summer, he could be our most important player in the future….him and Nolan could be a very good centre midfield.

  • batty

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #7

    nolan for captain are you haveing a laugh what he done apart from trying to break some ones leg and get a 3 match ban when we need him most

  • Monster

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    LoonyToon @ graft

    Aye. Assuming no more injuries we’ll see the best of him next season… again assuming we’re in the Premier League and he’s still around!

    I’ve said before he’s a future captain. He’d be my first choice if he’d played more this season.

  • Bill F

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Loony-Toon just caught up wth last nights posts, congratulation. The first 40 years are the worst. 😉

  • batty

    Mar 19, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    think we will get a 1 1 draw against arsenal but hope we just sneak it

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 19, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Bill F…..

    That LoonyToon aint me fella….I have two usernames…LooneyToon at home and LoonyToon @ graft for when I am at graft 😉

    think its a new lad to the site who just happens to have picked the same username…..could get interesting that…..


    Giving the captaincy to Joey would give him something to keep his head screwed on…..since that incident in Liverpool, we aint heard a peep of bother from the lad…..

    Showed glimpses of what he can do by dominating the midfield against Villa…that contained a certain G Barry, valued at 17 million and courted as a champions league player….

    Joey has to get himself fit, produce quality performances like that week in week out, keep himself out of trouble and maybe, just maybe, he might sneak into the England squad for next years World Cup….he has the ability….no question about that.

  • Toonkistan

    Mar 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #12

    I’ve never doubted Joey’s ability and would just love to see him wearing captains band but with joey theres always an accident waiting to better keep him out of this captaincy he would still wear his heart on his sleeves….damn cant wait to see him in action….

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 19, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    can’t see him being here next season TBH,Shame as I really like him and we haven’t really had much of a return on the money paid..Typical really.

  • Nick D

    Mar 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    I think even if you take away all the other associated on/off field crap with barton, his fitness record over the years has been very poor. No change for us there then.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #15

    when we signed barton i thought…. what a good signing, how WRONG was i???

  • Darling27

    Mar 19, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    The curse of injury prone newcastle players continues.

  • Nick 69

    Mar 19, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #17

    Joey Barton has been a complete waste of money so far, never plays and the majority of the games he has played hes been pretty poor, i could count on one hand the number of good performances hes put in

  • Ross

    Mar 19, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I bet we’ll be lucky to see him again this season. 2 or 3 games at best i reckon.
    A real shame because i think we’re missing him dearly. He looked like he was coming into his own towards the end of last season and has looked good at times this season also. Cant really understand everyone slagging him off, he’s the best midfielder we have. If we sell him, i’ll be fuming. He doesnt want to leave, he says he has a point to prove to us and he does, he could become a pivotal part of our team when he returns. Having a go at him for injuries is a bit harsh aswell i reckon. Broken bones in both feet isnt exactly his fault is it, its not like he’s a crock doing muscle damage here there and everywhere!

  • Paul141726

    Mar 19, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #19

    IF he remains with us (and if we are relegated, I can’t see it) it would be useless to get him back in the side if he is not match fit. This we tend to do too often. We get them back in too soon and they get knackered again-very frustrating. If we stay up, then he can work hard to gain better fitness for the start of next season.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Nolan shouldn’t be captain, he should even be in our best 11 when everyone is fit.

    Barton is like Maradona compared to the rest of our woeful, horrendously woeful midfield.


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