It could be time for Joey Barton to make his long awaited return to the Newcastle first team.
Joey Barton – in squad for Doncaster tomorrow night
It turns out that Joey will be in the squad tomorrow night for the game at Doncaster Rovers.
Newcastle manager Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Joey is back in the squad and he cannot get much closer to the first team than that.”
“He’s been out for a while and we haven’t tried to rush him. It’ll be good to see him back in action.”
We had thought that a good result tomorrow night would be dependent on Peter Lovenkrands returning to the starting line-up, but unfortunately Hughton has confirmed that both Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith will not be involved tomorrow night.
That’s not good news.
Leon Best hasn’t looked like scoring when he’s started games for the Magpies, but he did have a great header well saved after 83 minutes on Saturday.
We’ll have to give Best more time on Tyneside, but tomorrow night is when Newcastle fans would love to see a goal from the former Coventry City striker.