It’s something we were really expecting and it has been confirmed by Chris Hughton today that Joey Barton could be missing for up to four months after an operation on his right foot.
Joey Barton – out until February?
The Liverpudlian underwent surgery on Thursday and will now be sidelined until the new year.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about Joey today:
“It’s been a difficult time for him here. It’s so disappointing for him. What he will have to do, like he has done in the past, is battle back from this one,”
“We are all aware of what has gone on before, but Joey has been very good around the training pitch, very enthusiastic and very good with the younger lads.”
“He has settled off the pitch, he spends a lot of time here. He is not one to be here for training and then disappear.”
“We hope he will be OK. Injuries are testing times for any player, not just Joey, because of the frustrations they hold.”
“He has gone through a lot in his career so far and we can only judge him for where he is now. At this moment he has been very good. It will be for a while.”
“It will be months rather than weeks and it’s doubtful he will play this year. The findings will outline exactly what has happened.”
“It’s one he has felt this season, it’s just come on.” “It’s a blow because he’s a quality player and he’s a player, when fully fit, you know he can have a big contribution to games here.”
“Injuries are part and parcel of the game, but it’s a bitter blow for him when you are out for a length of time.”
“It would not affect transfers. Midfield is an area where we do have experience and cover. It’s not a matter of urgency that we bring someone in.”
“What would change is if we get further injuries – we might then feel we would have to do it. Then we could change it.”
This has to be a big persoanl blow for Joey of course, since we were hoping he lad could through big time this year.
After all the terrible business with Joey off the field we were hoping that maybe he has grown up, and will start to fulfil his huge potential as a Newcastle player.
Certainly he can have no qualms the way the playing staff have supported him the last two years, with Allardyce, Kinnear and Hughton all standing by him.
And on the game today, another mother por result this afternoon by Newcastle as we could only draw with a mediocre Bristol City side.
But we jad no luck, in retrospect, and were denied a stone cold penalty, their goalkeeper played a great game, and we hit the bar 3 times.
Maybe, just maybe, it was one fo those days – but we have to regroup now and ensure we get something from out next game at Nottingham Forest in 2 weeks time.
That’s followed by another away game at Scunthorpe United on the following Tuesday.
Two wins in those games would be what we need to get us back on track again.
We must keep up with the pace at the top of the Championship this season.