Joey Barton has returned to full time training with the Newcastle first team.
Joey Barton – back a week on Saturday?
And it looks like Joey could be ready to return to the squad for the game at Swansea, on Saturday, 13th January.
So Joey is not too far away from being ready to play, although he will need a few games to get his sharpness back.
Newcastle manager Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Joey Barton is ready to return to training with the first team.”“He’s a lad that has not played any first-team football for five months.”
“And we’re aware of that, which means he won’t be ready for the next two games at least.
“We’ll see where we are with him.” “But for Joey now it is just getting back into the swing of things in training.”
Joey was out about 4 months with another foot injury – his third while he’s been at Newcastle.
With the complete lack of creativity in the Newcastle team on Saturday, Joey is coming back at a good time.
But Newcastle’s lack-luster performance on Saturday night could be because Chris played both Butt and Smith in central midfield – far too defensively minded in our opinion – especially when Leicester were reduced to 10 men after just 29 minutes.
We’d like to see young Danny Guthrie be given a chance in his natural position in central midfield, and also a Smith – Barton central midfield partnership could also be very good.
Joey has a chance to really contribute to Newcastle’s run-in and we have to hope he comes through big time for the Tyneside club in the next four crucial months.
We hear he’s dying to contribute to the side – and that’s good to hear.
Howay The Lads!!
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