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.