Alan Shearer was hoping to play Joey Barton in the Reserves last night, but Joey didn’t make it, and it now looks unlikely he will make the squad for Monday night’s crucial game against Portsmouth.
Joey Barton – unlikely to be fit for Monday night
The 26-year-old Joey began the season in jail of course, after he pleaded guilty to two separate assault charges last summer.
We were hoping Joey would be able to come back and get back on track with his career this year but he’s had two serious injuries, one to his right knee before Christmas and then he broke a bone in his foot, so the lad has hardly played this season.
Alan talked about Joey this morning:
“He could do a big job for us if he was fit,” “We’re trying everything to get him fit because the more bodies we have, the more it will help us.”
“Whether he’ll make Monday, we’ll have to see. If he does, he certainly won’t be match fit.”
We had wondered what Alan Shearer would think of Barton, who looked as though he could be forced out of the club last summer because of his bad behavior.
But it seems that Joey is determined to repay the faith Newcastle have since shown in him, and Shearer has said he has had no problems at all with Joey this last month.
“I’ve had no problems with him whatsoever. Whatever we’ve asked of him, he’s done fine. We’ve had no problems at all, but then I didn’t really expect there to be any either.”
“He’s desperate to play football, that’s what he wants. He’s fed up of being injured, he wants to go out and he wants to play. But there’s no point pushing him to the extreme.”
“We don’t want to be pushing him so much that we cause a setback. We want him fit, but when he is handed over to us for full training, we want him to be right.”
It’s a pity Joey is taking time to return from his latest injury, because he could certainly make a difference for Newcastle and right now, we need all hands to the pump, in a belated attempt to keep us in the Premier League.