Joey Barton Back Before The End Of The Month?

There has been a delay in the comeback of Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton.

Joey Barton – back before the end of the month?

Joey was initially supposed to come back last Saturday against Swansea, but he didn’t make it, and is presumably still some weeks away from a return to the side.

Barton’s last game for Newcastle was back on 19th September, when we beat Plymouth Argyle 3-1. Joey’s foot had been huring and soon after he had the thrid operation on a foot since he arrived at Newcastle.

Foot injuries seem to be a more prevalent these days than ever, since the new boots hardly give the feet any protection at all.

But there has been something of  a mystery about Joey’s fitness, and today Barton’s agent Willie McKay tried to explain the injury situation to the local Evening Chronicle:

“Joey can’t wait to be involved again.” “He’s had no setback but he has rushed back before for the team and ended up being injured again.”

“There’s no need for him to rush – he said to me he will be back in February at some point and nothing has changed.” “When he does come back it will be like having a new signing for Newcastle.”

“He’s keen to play his part and, with his experience at Premier League level, he can be a real asset to Newcastle in the run-in.”

“Joey loves Newcastle and he is desperate to play a part in taking them back to the top.”

So that says that he will still be back in February, and it’s now over half way through the month – so presumably if Willie’s right then Joey could be back for the last game of February.

That game is at  Watford on 27th February – that’s a week on Saturday.

That seems unlikely, and it’s right not to rush Joey back, and Chris Hughton has shown he is very careful about injuries.

Chris, to his credit, has erred on the side of caution this season with injuries, as he did with Argentine winger Gutierrez on Saturday, although Jonas was sorely missed, in what was one of Newcastle’s most insipid displays of the season.

We doubt if Joey can be playing by the end of this month but starting in March Newcastle still have 13 league games left in the season, so hopefully Joey can make a contribution to the side during those vital games.

He certainly owes it to the Tyneside club, who have stood by him through his many altercations, since he was signed from Manchester City in July of 2007 by big Sam Allardyce.

It would be good if Joey can repay some of that before May comes around. It’s got to be a big opportunity for him, and we hope he takes it.

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 16, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    I will be glad to see him back, as long as he isn’t deployed wide left again!


    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #2

    for me, i dont really giving a flying **** if barton comes back or not. he has contributed very little since his move from city some time ago other than to fill tabloid newspaper coloumns. given our position and apparent team unity on the pitch, i cant see how barton will prove an asset to us at all.

  • derekm

    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #3

    He MUST play in his best position – there have been times when he has been played wide right or left and looked completely out of it – remember the guy was close to becoming an international regular from the middle of the park at man City. There is a vacancy as Nolan has so obviously lost form – sod the past, I know he’s trouble with a capital T but then so are many others nowadays. I do know he speaks his mind and sooner or later the penny must drop – the decision was made a long time ago that we can’t afford to lose his book value so go with him and give him a chance.

  • its pointless him even coming back. hughton will never drop nolan so barton will just end up playing on the wing, like guthrie has been, and then get slated for not playing well.

  • MacToon

    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Shouldn’t it be down to the medical staff to decide when he’s git to play? OR even Hughton!

    Mind you if I was on the sick for £60 K a week I’d probably have some everlasting illness……
    Good work when you can get it!

  • MacToon

    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Ha ha git should have been fit!

  • chuck

    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #7

    What is it about this club and injuries ?
    There have been complaints in regard to the quality of treatment by former players and it seems we have more injuries than normal, this has certainly been true over the last few years, with players constantly out, just look at Michael Owen, Shola,Joey and at present Enrique and Jonas plus Colo. all out.
    Can this be coincedence or is there a problem with the backroom staff ?

  • 007

    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    chuck,i heard awhile back that its the training fields that are causing alot of injuries

  • Mags

    Feb 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #9

    It will be good when is finally back and playing in a central midfield role. His skill, drive and energy is someting we do not have in our midfield at the moment.

    Talking of midfielders, has anyone heard of a date when young Vuckic will retun? He was injured round about the same time as Barton with roughly the same timescale for his expected return.

    The club never seems to mention the kid at all, and it is as if he has disappeared off the face of the earth.

  • jimiley

    Feb 16, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    It will be good to have him back to get some creativity in centre mid. The men in wheelchairs (Butt Smith and Nolan) cannot run past their midfield opponents so either pass sideways, backwards or lump it to our big lumps for headball. You cannot play football if you cannot run. Our engine room is second rate, even in the fizzy, and thats why we play boring football. We are incapable of playing through our midfield because they are not up to it.

  • DJG

    Feb 16, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Whatever people bitch on about Barton and his antics, he is a premiership quality CM fact. Like it or lump it, our team is much better with him in it and he hasn’t even hit his Man City form yet.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #12

    jimiley spot on.

  • TheHeyman

    Feb 16, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #13

    That’s the problem with Barton, he has it in him to be a fine player but we’ve never really seen it. His documented issues may have taken the edge off his game, over compensating and ending up with a red card.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 16, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Doubtless JB will get back in the starting XI with a handful of crucial games to go, get worked up over some trifle, get sent off, we lose the game and by the time he gets back from suspension it won’t matter one way the other.

    Our other midfielders are tortoise-like, no doubt, but at least they available for selection week in week out; something JB has NEVER been for one reason or several others.

  • Roy Cropper

    Feb 16, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #15

    “Joey loves Newcastle and he is desperate to play a part in taking them back to the top.”……….

    he couldn’t give a tommy tit about newcastle the club or newcastle the area – the only thing joey loves is himself & the £60k he pick’s up at the end of EVERY month.

    get out of our club you soft scouse b@stard

  • Sav

    Feb 17, 2010 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #16

    Have to agree. I never wanted us to sign him, never wanted him here, since he came I’ve been very underwhelmed and disgusted at several of his antics on and off the field. And I still wish he’d just do one and go.
    I just don’t enjoy supporting my football team as much with him in it. It sticks in my craw.

  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2010 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Let’s get it int perspective Roy, ( the only thing joey loves is himself & the £60k he pick’s up at the end of EVERY month)… isn’t it £60k every WEEK?

  • cicero

    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #18

    Is it the £60k per month that’s keeping him on the injury list. When he’s injured the insurance pays his wages so why should the club rush him back, other than he’s probably the best central midfielder in the championship.

  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #19

    I wonder if Joey’s flirtation with the world of fashion might just explain why he’s in no rush to get off his sick bed…… he’s presumably helping Georgia cope with the surrealism of the football world!


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