As we reported yesterday, it looks like Joey Barton will soon be returning to training at Newcastle, and should be available for the last 5 games of the season.
Joey Barton – will be good to have him back
Joey has had an injury hit season with two major injuries restricting his play this season.
Of course Joey served time in jail over the summer and this going to be a pivotal season for him, but we just haven’t seen much of him because of all the injuries.
Iain Dowie, assistant manager to Alan Shearer is apparently handling the media interviews this week to give Alan more time with the players.
Iain talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about Barton’s fitness status:
“There has been a suggestion that Joey has had a setback somewhere, but that isn’t the case,” “Everything is fine with him and his recovery is on schedule as far as we’re all concerned.”
“He desperately wants to get back playing again and we are all looking at the Portsmouth game at the moment for him to do that. If that comes round a little too soon for him, then it will be the game after that.”
“We’ll have to see how he goes over the next week or so, but he is very determined, as you would imagine. That’s the sort of character he is and hopefully he can play some part in that game.”
There’s no doubt when Joey has been ion the side he’s added something and we need the box to box capabilities the player provides the team. And when he did play he seemed determined to repay the confidence most of the Newcastle supporters have showed in him, since his stupid escapades that finally landed him in jail.
But everybody likes a success story, and if Joey can coral his bad behavior and concentrate on playing good football at Newcastle, he can still have a good career, and at Newcastle too. We’d love to see that quite honestly, and hope his stupid behavior are things of the past.
But as we’ve said before, it’s completely up to him, but we’d love for him to come back against Portsmouth and play just great for the Magpies for the last 5 games.
We need heroes from somewhere to join Andy Carroll, Seb Bassong, Habib Beye, Steven Taylor and the like, who are stepping up to the plate when it matters most for the Newcastle cause.
Howay The Lads!!