Joey Barton Out For Another Four Weeks

Chris Hughton is saying that Joey Barton is still a month away  from returning to the Newcastle first team.

Joey Barton – out for another 4 weeks

That differs significantly from what we were told last week, when it was reported he could be back for this Saturday’s game at Swansea – so what’s happened?

Joey has not played at all since last September, because of yet another foot injury – his third since he’s been at Newcastle.

The return of Barton will further strengthen the Newcastle squad, which has  looked a lot better since the January transfer activity.

Hughton has come out today and explained the situation with Joey Barton.

This is what Chris told the Newcastle Journal today:

“The problem is he has missed a lot of football and when you have been out for as long as he has, the reality is you do not know when he will be back.”

“Normally it will take a few weeks to get him up to speed, the pace of the training, and then of course, going into a game situation is completely different.”

“He is back in training this week and we expect another three weeks after that and then we will assess him.”

“The most important thing is to get him fit and to a stage where he is available. If he can play some part this season, then it is better than not having him at all.”

“Mentally he is okay. Over the period of time he has been injured for four months, it is a difficult period for anyone when you are out.”

“It is very frustrating and everything that goes with it, but he has handled it okay and he will be looking to get back.”

“For the majority of the time he has been here, we have had no problems with Joey. He has been very good and very focused. We expect that to continue.”

As we already mentioned, Joey has been injured a lot since he came to us in the summer of 2007, from Manchester City, for around £5.8M.

Add to that Joey’s altercations in the last several years, and the fact that he was in jail when a Newcastle player – and it’s obvious that Barton has a lot to do to repay the Newcastle club.

Joey would be well advised to keep his head down, and not get into any more stupid situations that would embarrass him and the Newcastle United club, otherwise he can kiss goodbye to a professional football career.

In fact, Joey’s very lucky still to have a career in football, given what’s happened in the past. We have to hope he understands that.

The sooner he gets back, and starts to play at his best for Newcastle – and makes only headlines for his good play for the famous  Tyneside club – the better.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Feb 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #1

    “For the majority of the time he has been here, we have had no problems with Joey”


    I think I can remember him playing in a handful of games over the past two seasons. The rest of the time he’s been banned, injured or in clink. Unless CH counts those bits as ‘no problem’ I don’t know what he’s on about.

    I really hope he can come back, prove me wrong… and then get shipped out in the summer. I just don’t want his name associated with our club. We’ve got the likes of Guthrie who bring at least as much ability without the baggage.

    Sorry, Joey. Wish it was different, and I’m genuinely hoping to be proved wrong.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 9, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    The worst day’s business this club ever did !
    It’s costing us more than Owen and Luque put together ! but still some people say give him another 799th second chance in the hope that one day he may, just may come good!

    I think we’ve done ok without his antics on and off the field. He’s just a drain on finances and does the club’s rep no good at all.

    Wish we had spent the 5.8 million on him on Skeljbred and Moses instead.

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 9, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #3

    The 4 week wait will be a good thing, as Barton has always been slow to get himself up to match standard.

    In the past we have hurried him into the 1st team, due to the fact he is probabley on his day our most influencial midfielder. However this time its different, we are a winning side at the moment and the middle of the park is knee deep in very good CCC players at least.


    Feb 9, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    he wont be missed

  • Wigaz

    Feb 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s time to get rid me thinks. He has had the chances to prove to us what he can do & he’s not taken it. He ha spent more time injured suspended & in McDonalds than he has in a toon shirt. We should be looking to guthrie who is still young & will get better & better we alo have vuckic & Inman who are creative midfield players who again can only get better with time. Sorry to say Joey but your surplus to requirements for me. I really hoped that this would of been his season but sadly not to be.

  • Bao Zheng

    Feb 10, 2010 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #6

    Joe who?


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