Joey Barton has set a target of the Championship game with Coventry City on February 17 for his comeback game.
Joey Barton – back in full training Monday
It turns out Joey’s metatarsal injury was far more serious than first thought.
Remember Joey was playing poorly at the time – last October – but he complained that his foot kept hurting, and the medical staff were not sure what it was, so he had exploratory surgery.
Barton will now return to training tomorrow, after being out for more than four months.
The Sunday Sun is reporting today that Joey’s recovery was delayed because the full diagnosis was that he had a fracture to the host bone in his foot, rather than a metatarsal, which is more common.
It could be that Joey can play a significant part in the Newcastle run-in, if he can produce the form for which we know he is capable.
We desperately need some creativity in midfield, and not the Smith Butt partnership we saw yesterday, which seemed complete overkill as a defensive formation.
Chris could do a lot worse than playing young Danny Guthrie there on Friday night against Cardiff.