The surprising news this morning, was that Joey trained on Friday, thinking he would be ready to play against Everton, but had to again pull out at the last moment.
Joey Barton – trained on Friday but didn’t make Saturday game
We knew Joey was very keen to play against the side he supported as a boy, but it’s still a bit worrying that his injury has not healed.
And we have to hope it’s not like Andy Carroll’s thigh injury, which was supposed to take only a couple of weeks to heal at the end of December, but he was out for a full 10 weeks before he made his debut for Liverpool yesterday.
Alan Pardew is now just concerned that Joey Barton, a really vital player for the Newcastle side, will be fit for Stoke a week come Saturday.
“Joey actually trained Friday thinking that he’d be OK, but again didn’t feel quite right,”
“I don’t think there’ll be a problem for Joey against Stoke, and I don’t think there’ll be a problem with Stephen Ireland.”
“Ireland trained Thursday, and looked like he was going to be OK, and then got the thigh injury which kept him out of training on Friday.”
And the news that we were interested in Norwegian International left-back John Arne Riise, who played at Liverpool for eight seaosns, is just not true – well at least according to the Newcastle manager.
Speaking on the news that Newcastle may be interested in Riise, Alan Pardew said this today:
“It’s not true – absolutely not true.”
Trying to read between the lines there with what Alan said – we think Newcastle are not interested in the player – what do you think?
So the next time we see headlines linking Newcastle with this player – let’s at least remember the Newcastle manager has said it’s not true.
But just you watch – there will still be news linking Newcastle with John Arne Riise over the summer – probably when it’s a slow news day.