Joey Barton is rated doubtful for the game against Everton on Saturday, so it seems that on-loan Stephen Ireland may get his first start for the club, and at St. James’ Park too.
Stephen Ireland – could make first appearance for Newcastle on Saturday
Barton was a surprise omission from the side last Saturday, after he sustained a thigh injury last Friday in training.
Joey expected to start but didn’t feel right in the warm-ups and he was replaced by Ryan Taylor, who managed to get himself sent off in the second half against Bolton, but that was after he put in a very good shift, in his first game back since last October with an ankle injury.
Stephen Ireland will face some competition from young Danny Guthrie for that right wing position, and Danny has recovered well from his hamstring injury, and will be looking at a chance to impress manager Alan Pardew once again.
The Assistant manager John Carver said today about the injury situation:
“We will know more on Joey soon while the medical staff have a look at him. He is being assessed and they will tell us if he is OK.”
“It has been a good week in training, though, for Shola and Stephen Ireland, and those two have to be looked at as real pluses.”
“Danny Guthrie is also back training and in contention again.”
The next Newcastle game is in a couple of weeks time at Stole City, so if there are any doubts about Joey at all, it’s probably best to rest him this week.
That will ensure he makes a full recovery and will be available for the remaining 9 league games of the season.
At the very least it looks like three players returning from injury – Guthrie, Ireland and Ameobi, who did not participate last weekend, will start on the bench against Everton.