Newcastle had Joey Barton back on Saturday, but were still without Leon Best, Stephen Ireland and Jose Enrique (for much of the game), because of their injuries.
Stephen Ireland – hopefully will make his debut against Wolves
And just when it looks like Best, Ireland and Enrique will be fit for the next game at home to Wolves, Cheick Tiote picked up his 10th yellow card of the season, and joined Ryan Taylor on suspension, and will miss the next two games.
Ryan has already served two games of his thee match ban, for being sent of on his return game against Bolton, and should be ready for the game after Wolves, which is a tough game at Villa Park.
And skipper Kevin Nolan is on 9 yellow cards, so we hope he can avoid a 10th booking against Wolves.
Alan Pardew at the moment seems pleased just to have Joey Barton back, and of course the Wolves game has become a massive one for Newcastle, after picking up just a single point in their last 3 league games.
This is what Alan Pardew said about having Joey back, but losing Cheick Tiote for two games:
“It’s typical of what we are having to deal with at the moment that as we get one important player back we lose another one.”
“We won’t have Cheick Tioté available against Wolves because he is suspended, but Joey is in there and that is a big boost for us.”
“It’s a very important game for us and we know that.” “You want players like Joey to be involved in games like this one.”
Joey Barton spoke at a charity dinner on Tuesday evening, in aid of the Clarke Lister Foundation, and he said he still wanted to stay on Tyneside, but was a bit unhappy at having to take a pay cut to do so.
He still hopes something can be worked out with the club in the summer – so do we.
The last thing we want to hear in the next 9 days, is that another Newcastle player has been injured in training.