Joey Barton is back in training again, so it’s not surprising there is more news on the player this last week or so.
Joey Barton – loves life on Tyneside
As we reported yesterday, Joey had an operation on his foot 5 months ago, back on October 2nd, and the road back has been long and hard for the 27 year-old Barton.
And Newcastle manager Chjris Hughton is saying the staff are taking extra care with Joey, after he has been out for so long.
Chris said today:
“With Joey we are mindful that he has not played any football for a number of months now.” “We can’t rush a player back and throw him into the fray just like that.”
“We’re hoping to get a game behind closed doors organised for him or even a reserve game. The timing has got to be right but he is getting closer.”
“He’s in great spirits, Joey, but he wants to play football again.” “He’s been training with the first team but not every day.”
“We don’t want to rush him back. I’m still very hopeful that Joey will play a part in what we are trying to achieve here.”
“It’s getting to that stage now.”
Barton is looking very good in training according to Chris, and his agent Willy Mackay said last month that his client just “loves life on Tyneside.”
Joey has not played too many times for Newcastle since he was singed by Sam Allardyce back in July, 2007.
Joey has appeared just 76 times for Newcastle in the last two and a half seasons while on Tyneside, with just 6 appearances this season.
Joey has 69 starts and 9 goals in his time at Newcastle.
We are told that Joey just cannot wait to get back on the field for the Magpies, and we should be seeing him in a few weeks since Chris has said he needs some games under his belt to sharpen up on his match fitness.