Joey Barton had an awful game last Saturday against Plymouth Argyle last Saturday.
Joey Barton – out with new foot injury
And we saw the reports earlier this week, that Barton should be summarily dropped from the team.
But every player has his ups and downs during a season, but it was hardly fitting to just write off the player, as though his skill had just completely deserted him.
Of course Joey is not too popular on Tyneside, because of his off- field antics, but we have to hope the lad has grown up now, and will concentrate on his career from now on – we hope that is so – but of course the jury is still out on that one.
And it now looks like he may have played injured last Saturday, with a new foot injury. Joey will miss now tomorrow’s trip to Ipswich and is set for scans after suffering a new foot injury.
Chris Hughton addressed the problem today:
“It is different to any other injury he has had. It is just something Joey has had probably for the last week and a half,”
“It has probably got to the stage where we feel he has got to rest it now. It was something that did enable him to train and play but it is something that has got worse over that period of time.”
“The information we have been given is that now will be the right time to rest it. We will assess that over the next couple of days but hopefully it will not keep him out too long.”
“We will assess him over the next couple of days and of course that assessment will include scans.
“It is a foot problem that he has which meant he has not been able to push on to really the levels he would like to.”
“It is not something like a kick he got in a game. It is just something that came on.”
We;ll have to wait to see how serious the injury is, but we still look to Joey to make a big impact on our promotion push this season – hope so anyway.