Stephen Ireland Likety To Get Start As Barton Rated Doubtful

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Guthrie appears to be an after thought in Carver’s comments. So it looks as if it’ll be Ireland and that is something I’m looking forward to.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #2

    And just for the sake of it. FIRST…. !

  • lewman

    Mar 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #3

    cant wait til saturday now, i reckon we will win this one but i may be wrong. would love to see ireland score or get a couple of assists.

  • newcastle29

    Mar 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #4

    ED stevie ireland is injured and is not looking like he will play 50/50 at the best! He has a thigh strain!

  • cyprus

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Ed, hope he doesn’t play ‘down that right wing’ position, if he plays, because he will disappoint. His place is right down the middle, alongside Nolan. We don’t have a right winger…

  • spanishtoon

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #6

    there are lots of articles at the moment about a player who hasnt even played yet

  • steve1980

    Mar 3, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Team for Saturday:

    Goal – Harper
    Right Back – Steven Taylor
    Centre Half – Coloccini, Williamson
    Left Back – Jose Enrique
    Right Wing – Simpson
    Centre Midfield – Ireland, Nolan, Tiote
    Forward – Best

  • ddmacker

    Mar 3, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #8

    I have to say that Stephen Ireland is a waiste of time and money (£70,ooo a week ). He had a good season and a half at MCFC and he’s been moved out of AVFC cos he did’nt or would’nt fit in. To me he is a pointer (“don’t pass it to me pass it to him”?). If he proves me wrong I’ll be happy, but I doubt it. To put him on a par with Joey Barton is pure fantasy again for the teams sake I hope I’m wrong


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