Enrique And Barton Fit For Crucial Portsmouth Game

Alan Shearer is hoping that he will have both Enrique and Barton back for the must-win game against Portsmouth next Monday at St. James’ Park.


Joey Barton – vital player for Newcastle

The 26-year-old Barton has not played since breaking a metatarsal in the 2-1 defeat at his former club Manchester City in January, but he is in light training now, and we would expect Joey to be available on the subs bench next Monday.

If he does well in training this week, it wouldn’t surprise us if Alan even gives him a start, if he looks ready,  because we need all our best players trying their utmost  to save the side from relegation.

And Alan Shearer has proved he is willing to take some common sense risks to save the side.  Joey’s injury came just two games into his comeback from his knee ligament damage and, and that’s one reason Newcastle find themselves 2nd bottom of the league and 4 points adrift from safety. Joey has hardly played at all this season.

Barton had some light training yesterday, and Shearer told Newcastle United TV this morning that he hopes to have Barton available for the Portsmouth game.

“Joey did a little bit of training on Monday,” “We hope that he will be fully training by Thursday or Friday.”

“And if everything goes well then we might have him available for Portsmouth.”

Meanwhile, Jose Enrique, who has missed the last two matches because of a knee injury, is also expected to be back in full training by the end of the week, and we think he will go straight into the side for the Pompey game, and that Alan will revert to a back four.

We expect him to play 4-3-3 for that game, as he’s already talked about and we’ll have Martins, Owen and Viduka up front, if all three are still fit by then.

However, as far as our defense goes, we will await the scan results on Steven Taylor today, to see what his ankle damage is, since it has to be more than just severe bruising surely. We can imagine that Steven is really frustrated at having this injury at this crucial time of the season.

Shearer added:

“Hopefully, José Enrique will be training Wednesday or Thursday.

“If everything goes well with him, we might have him available for Portsmouth.”

It will be all hands to the pump against Pompey, and we don’t care one little bit how we win next Monday as long as we win. Maybe David James will throw one in the net for us in the 3rd minute of injury time, to give us all 3 points.

But if we do win next Monday we’re back in the relegation survival stakes – make no mistake about that – and we can still survive – but we must get that first win next Monday night.

Howay The Lads!!

37 comments so far

  • simon376

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    I’mfar from a fan of Barton, but if he can come back and change things, I’ll be behind him 100%

    As for Enrique, what a change in him. When he used to take the pitch, he made me cringe, but now what a change in the lad. Others in our team could learn from him. He gives his all and CAN do it. We need you back more than ever

  • ArtyH

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Its now time to see who really wants to play for the toon. I looked at the unwashed last weekend and saddened that they were at least trying with the limited talent they have available. When we played after knowing we had to get a result there was nothing in the tank, no urgency, no pasion and no heart, I was bitterly disapointed.
    I just hope that Barton and Jose can make a difference otherwise we are screwed! At least these two will give their all for the cause, its a pity Guthry was not available also. We need that win!!!


    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, it’s taken me ages to get to write a comment on this blog, the adverts are taking ages to load then you get diverted to another advert that takes over the blog, this also takes ages to load. it’s a bit of a pain.

    Anyways, hopefully Barton will be back as you can see the commitment on his face when he plays. He’ll play well and hard for the team and he’ll boss the midfield, if viduka is playing aswell I can see these two forming a good undertanding and we might finally have a team that can play and cause other people problems.

    _____Barton__ Butt__Guthrie

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Guthrie has been available but Shearer formations and team selections have been idiotic to say the least.

    I hope this news in true, Ryan Taylor and Nolan are absolutely rubbish. At least Taylor gives 110%, Nolan is just fat and slow and probably the worst player in the premiership, he is that bad.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    We can’t put all our hopes on Barton.

    I remember last season Barton was getting pelters by everyone on this blog. What’s changed?

    He’s a good player but he will need good players around him.

    He needs 4 0r 5 games to get fit and have any impact on a game.

    I fear were heading for a fall putting our survival chances on his shoulders!

  • Stevo

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Thank god, we’ve really missed the both of them. These are the sort of players we need on the pitch at these crucial times.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    There is an odd double-standard here. Owen stays with us for his entire contract, our top scorer despite horrible injuries, and never once says anything that drags the club’s name down or gives any indication of a lack of professionalism or loyalty.

    Boring, yes – but nothing to really object to.

    And what do we give him? Endless slaggings-off for being disloyal, injury-prone (fair enough) and – stupidly – not good enough.

    Barton arrives, gets stuck in clink for being a thug, then gets injured constantly and ends up playing so few games it’s daft. And on (allegedly) about £60k+ per week.

    And yet all he gets here is praise.

    Is it that we can’t bear to like anyone who’s well-paid, well-known and well-behaved? Can we only show support for deeply flawed characters?

    Barton is an unmitigated thug with no self-control who would be in jail for life by now if it hadn’t been for football.

    Do I want him playing again? Damn, yes. He’s arguably the best we’ve got in the middle.

    Do I want him gone next year? Yep.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Oh, and Enrique’s the mutsicles. Want him back to stay.

    Welshmag: try turning images off in your browser. If you’re using Internet Explorer you’ll find it under tools, Internet Options, advanced – scroll down two screens and untick ‘show images’. Good thing to do when viewing at work, too 🙂

  • JJJ

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    I fear we cannot change our results pattern because we keep getting in managers who are convinced the “experience” of players like Duff, Owen and especially Butt are untouchable…
    I love Shearer and think he’ll make a fine manager one day, but he has to stop having preference for his mates (but he won’t).
    Butt has been a disaster since he signed – for every ball he wins he gives it away twice as much… He just kills the side and puts so much pressure on the defense by giving the ball away and trying elaborate passes he just cannot make.
    Owen can play but if he isnt performing in the pitch Shearer has to have the guts to take him off rather than his strike partners.
    Harper has been poor overall to be honest but he is still the best keeper we have – it would be unfair to put Krul in this late.
    Duff isnt poor but certainly isnt great either and I think he’d be better as an impact sub when he can take on players with tired legs.
    The back three also really doesnt work because Beye offers something going forward which we now dont have… taking away more creativity.

    Barton shouldnt start because he wont be match fit but should certainly play at least a full half.

    This is what I think we should do…







    Bench: Krul, Coloccini, Edgar, Smith, Duff, Carroll, Lovenkrans.

    Barton could play the first half and perhaps some of the second…
    Smith is not the best but showed he was better than Butt both in passing and pace and would be a better defensive midfield for me.
    He doesnt try elaborate passes like Butt and he can play short to Guthrie and Jonas who are the creative players in midfield, he can replace Barton when he gets tired.

    Then with both Viduka and Oba carrying injuries I’d say when their legs tire or in the event of an injury… Carroll can replace Viduka and Lovenkrans can replace Oba to keep some pace up front for a counter attack.
    Duff could serve as a replacement for either Owen or Jonas.
    Coloccini can either play in defense in place of Edgar or could even play midfield.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #10

    It would very good if the Taylors and Butt are left out for the Portsmouth game 🙂

  • JJJ

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    With all that said, even if everyone is fit, Shearer will play this formation:


    R Taylor——-Beye——-Bassong——-Enrique




    * look our for Taylor and Butt to once again disappoint… 🙁

  • Stuart79

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12


    That’s ever so hypocritical of you to want Barton to save the club from relegation and then get thrown out on his ear!

    Ungrateful too!

    He is a thug, but no more so than everybody who is involved in fights in every city centre every weekend.

    You must know someone who has had a fight or two in their life!

  • simon376

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #13


    Have to agree 100% with you. Only thing Owen has done wrong is be injured a lot and thats not really his fault ether.

    Barton has done nothing put cause problems. I’m all for people doing their time and starting again, but how many chances does someone get?

    It hit home in a pre season match in the summer. A couple and their grand kids were beside me, they gave up their season tickets after many years when he signed. Said how could they take the grand kids to watch a thug being glorified. I feel the same, but haven’t given up my ticket. If he does play again, I won’t boo him, will support him as he will be wearing black and white through the game, but I do hope no matter what happens he is sold at the end of the season

  • Stuart79

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Ya all fckin hypocrites when it comes to Barton!

    Ya all go on as if nobody in your circle of friends or family have ever done anything wrong and god forbid get into a fight!

  • Stevo

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    There’s worst players out there that have done worst things than Barton!

  • Stevo

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #16

    And how you can defend Owen….eeeshhh…….he should be put in the clink for some of the performance’s he’s put in this season.

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #17

    Fank Thuck!..

    …We NEED them both on the pitch right now!..

    …Barton hasn’t caused any trouble for yonks, he’s kept his head down & worked at gettin’ fit!..

    …JJJ, how can Edgar play & be on the bench all at once?..Soz for the pedantry!..
    …I’d defo have Edgar on the pitch, along with Beye, Enrique & Bassong in defense…With Barton, Jonas & Guthrie in midfield & Viduka, Martins & Owen up top…
    …Carrol, Butt, Lovenkrands, R. taylor, Duff, Krul, Ranger (bench)…

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 21, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #18

    those viruses, i mean ads are really f***in’ borin’ !..
    …Get shot Ed, PLEASE!..

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 21, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Owen can do nowt if he ain’t got the ball, try blamin’ our non-creative midfield, they are the ‘so-called’ suppliers!..

  • Stevo

    Apr 21, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #20

    punk skunk – They had me pulling my hair out mate so I installed Firefox and they have an ‘add on’ for the browser called ‘adblock’…..works a treat, I don’t get them anymore.

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 21, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    I wonder if grand kids in liverpoo have given up their season tickets due to gerrard’s thuggery?..
    …Doubt it!..Why?..
    …’cos the press haven’t splashed it all over the place, all the time, from day one…
    …Don’t you get it?..They hate us & like makin’ an example of us…There’s untold amounts of shit happenin’ every week, perpertrated by footballers that goes ‘un-pressed’…
    …What ever happened about the manure rape case?..Mmmmm!..
    …I despair of some of the selective memory goin’ on…What a sad & bitter enditement!..

  • punk skunk...

    Apr 21, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Thanx for that stevo, i’m goin’ to try that…
    …I tell mate, they’re wearin’ my ass paper thin!..

  • sahota

    Apr 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    Whether Barton is right person or not it doesn’t matter. I am convinced that we will give his 200% when he will be on pitch. So for that reason he should be playing next match. I also don’t like the bad reasons for which he was in news earlier. But I hope he can help us keep up. Looking at our midfield now, I don’t think we have enough skills there. Barton will provide strength to it and will give his best shot. Get him on for next game, I would say from start he should play. Nobody who is good enough should be on bench. We need to go ALL OUT, ALL GUNS BLAZING. Even if Barton gets injured again and need to come out, just get him in and just get 2 goals in first half itself. I will be very nervous in this game 🙂 But I hope we win and it will give us a hope of survival.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #24

    who agrees Nolan should be put out to graze?

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 21, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #25

    If Enrique AND Barton start on Monday I’ll be quite considerably happier.

    This is a good read by the way……..


  • Ross

    Apr 21, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #26

    best news i’ve heard for a while. Cant wait for Barton to get back and really hope both him and Enrique are good to go for pompey.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Fatboy Nolan needs to retire, I simply cant believe how bad he is.

  • JJJ

    Apr 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #28

    I dont believe these people are shouting about peoples characters…
    Joey Barton really doesnt seem like that bad a guy to me.
    So he beat up some young teen age little shite… quite honetly the teens in the UK need to learn to respect adults.
    They are fearless because Englands pathetic laws protect the scum of the earth youngsters!
    Here in South Africa if they had to go about like they do their, they’d get a good and solid “smack”.
    They know it here and thats why in the whole our youngsters are well behaved and polite!

    But mainly football is not about having a team of “mother teresas” but its about winning games.
    When we were flying high our best players were Dyer, Bellamy, Asprilla, Ginola, Batty, Solano etc. But those players werent exactly saints off the pitch now were they? Did you care? No!!!!

  • workyticket

    Apr 21, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #29

    JJJ // Apr 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    “So he beat up some young teen age little shite… quite honetly the teens in the UK need to learn to respect adults.”

    He’s done ALOT more than that JJJ.

  • workyticket

    Apr 21, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #30

    JJJ // Apr 21, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    “They are fearless because Englands pathetic laws protect the scum of the earth youngsters!
    Here in South Africa if they had to go about like they do their, they’d get a good and solid “smack”.”

    Perhaps that is why South Africa is the murder capital of the world JJJ?

  • workyticket

    Apr 21, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #31


  • JJJ

    Apr 21, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #32


    First, dunno if you have been to South Africa…

    Crime is bad… no doubt.

    But without sounding racist… Im talking about white suburban South Africa and the educated black society are honour our laws and are amongst the most polite concerned people on the planet, NOT the barbaric uneducated township culture so well documented to the rest of the world…
    But you wouldnt understand that statement not knowing the country…

    If you came to the suburban area in South Africa I can garauntee you wouldnt have to put up with any shit from the young cocky teenage jobbos that plague the UK in nearly all areas.

  • JJJ

    Apr 21, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #33

    But thats a long debate, and quite frankly one, that unless, you lived here, would never understand.

  • Wigaz

    Apr 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Love him or hate him, we cant deny that barton is our best CM. The only one of them that could produce that killer pass through to the forwards for a goal or score from midfield. We need him all guns blazing to even have a chance to get out of this mess. Team vs pompy.


    This is our best team. No butt No Nolan. We dont need to sit back & defend we need to go out there & batter Pompy. Yes we fans have our part to play to get the place jumping but the players need to show us a hell of a lot more for us to have something to shout about. We need 3 points or we are down i think. Lets just hope having Barton’s energy in midfield back along with the 3 up top then we will have enough.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 22, 2009 at 2:20 AM

    Comment #35


  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #36

    JJJ // Apr 21, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    “But without sounding racist…”


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #37



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