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.
“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!!