Barton and Viduka Should Be Fit Soon

Some decent news this morning in that both Joey Barton and Mark Viduka are likely to resume full training very soon, with Mark back next week.


Joey Barton – back in full training very soon

Newcastle will not have Mark Viduka and Joey Barton available for the trip to Stoke City on Saturday, although it looks like the Australian is likely to be back in full training by the middle of next week.

Alan Shearer told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“Mark is going well and his fitness is improving,” “At the moment he’s working with the physios but if all goes according to plan then he could return to full training by the middle of next week.”

“At this moment in time he is going well but he is one we are continuing to monitor him.”

Shearer has again said that he thinks the Stoke game will be a huge test of character for his squad – and Alan thinks it will be every bit as difficult as the Chelsea game, as he continued:

“It will be our next test of character.”

“It will be a totally different test to the Chelsea game, but certainly it will be every bit as tough, we know that for sure,”

No specific new news about Joey Barton today, although we do know that Alan had a long talk with the player following the Newcastle Reserves game against Manchester City on Monday night. We don’t know what Alan thinks of Barton’s escapades he has got himself into, although he will not be impressed.

And it’s a good question as to whether Alan will want to keep the former Manchester City player if he becomes the long-term manager at Newcastle in the summer.

But of course  right now, we are just hoping that Joey can get himself fit quickly, and get back into the squad to help the team out.

Newcastle have to start getting some results because the longer we go on this horrible run – 2 points in the last 6 games, not only do we fall further behind other teams, but the players will get into a mental slump, and start to think we are going down.

That’s one reason why a turnaround in form and a win will be vital on Saturday, if we are to survive this season, as time is quickly running out.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #1


    1) Whenever ed says ‘Mark my words’ – drink 2 fingers

    2) Whenever ed reuses quotes to excitedly put a new spin on it – 2 fingers

    3) If anyone says how bad ameobi/ how good bassong is- 2 fingers

    4) Headline ‘Must win game’ – 3 fingers

    5) Owen gets injured – 3 fingers

    6) Ameobi scores – 4 fingers

    7) Ameobi scores overhead volley from 25 yards – Down a bottle of neat vodka

    8) Smith scores – Down two bottles of neat vodka

    (feel free to add your own, just thought i’d make it as its coming to the weekend)

  • RyanToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #2

    be good to have joey backk but viduka needs to go!!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #3

    My team for Saturday would look like this – subject to injuries etc:

    ———- harper ———-

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Nolan Guthire Jonas

    ————- MO —————–

    Carroll Oba

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Then again – ditch Nolan and move guthrie and put Butt in the middle

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    both the players can be very imp for the relegation fight…but i must admit viduka needs to go after the season, althou i wont pay as you play contract for him … better than ameobi

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Toon Graeme my team would be

    ———- harper ———-

    Beye Taylor Bassong Enrique

    Guthire Butt Duff

    ————- MO —————–

    Carroll Oba

    i’d prefer duff over jonas as duff can cross, play thru balls, track back and most imp he can score

  • Toon Sweden77

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree with Toonkistan´s team except Duff. Would put Jonas or Nolan in there

  • Chizzy_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Love the drinking game NotAGhostToon 🙂
    I would add –

    – Viduka plays a full game and scores a goal – 1 Shot and a newkie broon in one go.

    – Ameobi falls over when the ball is passed to him – 2 fingers

    – Freekick/corner hits the first man – 4 fingers

  • Ericles

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Viduka? Fit for what? Bin him! It will be good to have Barton back for the relagation battle though. Barton linked with Guthrie I feel we could stay up with Jonas and Lovenkrands or Duff alongside them. Nonetheless, despite all the hype, I still see Shearer plumping for the has-beens unfortunately. We need players with gumption not players overdoing unction (e.g. our sick note contingent).

  • Bill F

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    I too like the, hic, drinking game.

  • Sav

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Its not these two we need most, its Taylor and Bassong. They are listed ‘doubtful’ on NUFC.COM.

    What’s their chances?

  • danmcclew

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    I think we must put a really attacking team out. I reckon:

    Beye, Bassong, Taylor, Enrique

    Duff Jonas

    Carroll Oba

  • Girth

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #13

    Viduka = biggest miss of the season

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    lol cheers chizzy and bill, got another.

    (watching with a rival team, mate) Gutierrez skins their player – they have to down their drink

    Taylor handballs/commits a foul and puts his passion face on – four fingers

  • Ross

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15


    – Freekick/corner hits the first man – 4 fingers


    no thanks mate, i’d be in bed by 10 every saturday night! haha

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Cant wait for Barton to get back.

    I want to see this v Stoke:


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #17



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