Newcastle boss Alan Shearer is trying to ensure that both Joey Barton and Mark Viduka can play a significant roles in the club’s fight against relegation, and seems determined to get them back into action, and that could come at Spurs a week on Sunday.
Joey Barton can make huge difference for Newcastle
The 38-year-old boss is expecting both players to return to full training with the squad next week, and this week they have both been in light training, and that’s very good news.
But of course neither will be involved in tomorrow’s vital trip to Stoke City, and Alan has to be careful trying to get them back too early, and then have their fitness being put back, because we don’t have many games left to save ourselves.
Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today:
“As far as I’m aware, they are training well.” “I have not spoken to them about this morning’s session yet, but they are hopeful, both of them, that they can join in full training some time next week.”
Asked if the two players can make some impact for Newcastle during the then 6 game run in, and Shearer added:
“Without doubt, yes, definitely.”
Joey Barton has been out of action since fracturing a metatarsal at his former club Manchester City on January 28th, and if Joey can get fit he could make a big difference in the Newcastle midfield. And Joey can score some goals too, and is probably the best penalty-taker we have.
But Mark Viduka has made only six appearances all this season because of a troublesome Achilles injury, so we’re not too confident that Mark will become fit for the rest of the season, but we hope so, because he’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that.
And we’d love to see a 4-3-3 formation again, with Martins, Viduka and Owen up front.