Joey Barton Could Get Run-Out Tonight At Doncaster

Joey Barton has finally returned to the Newcastle squad, for the game at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight in Doncaster.

Joey Barton – back in Newcastle first team squad

The 27-year-old midfield player who is ore than anxious to return to the Newcastle first team has not played since September, when he broke a bone in a foot – and that was his third serious foot injury since he’s been on Tyneside.

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton talked about Joey yesterday:.

“What we have always said with Joey is that, when he was fit and available, then we would like him involved,”

“Now, whether that sees him get parts of games or games from now until the end of the season, we don’t know.”

“But certainly we would rather have him available than not available.”

It seems that Chris will bring Joey back into the team slowly, and maybe he’ll get some run-out tonight at Doncaster.

Joey is still short of match practice and it will take a little time before he’s fully fit.

But as Chris says, it’s good that he’s now available because of his huge experience, and he could be very useful during the final 9 crucial league games of the season.

Joey will be fighting it out with Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie and Kevin Nolan for one of those central midfield spots, but of course he can also play out on the right wing.

We don’t literally mean fighting it out of  course – we want to make that clear given the reported incident on Sunday between Steven Taylor and Andy Carroll.

We hope Joey gets a short run-out tonight at Doncaster, and we have to go all out for the 3 points.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #1

    So with Loven and Andy out I hope we see


    Barton ready to come on later.

    I’d love to see Ranger start. If Barton is not ready I dont see who else we should use. Ranger is Andy’s natural replacement and deserves 90 minutes.

  • Aza9

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2


    Subs: Krul, Kadar, R.Taylor, Barton, Butt, Best, Ranger

  • Tom4Nufc

    Mar 23, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    I 100% agree Charlietoon.

  • HamarMagpie

    Mar 23, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #4

    If Lovenkrands isn’t fit to play, I really hope for Hughton to put out Charlietoon’s team selection. I fear though, that he will use Nolan in an advanced role and plug Butt into midfield. I think it’s time to give Ranger a start. He has bags of skills and potenial and I hope he can prove it tonight. If the rumours are true, Carrol should be fines maximum weeks wages, suspended for rest of season, and placed on the transfer list

  • DJG

    Mar 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #5

    For once Barton could be the decent hard working professional, whilst all the attention lies elsewhere!


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