Rooney To Play Against Newcastle – Joey Barton Will Not

Wayne Rooney will play against Newcastle United tomorrow night, after being suspended for the game against Blackburn Rovers  over the weekend, which ended in a 3-2 home defeat for the Red Devils.

Wayne Rooney – will play at St. James’ park tomorrow night

Manager Alex Ferguson has said that Wayne Rooney will be recalled against us tomorrow, after being fined £200K and  axed from the squad over training issues of last week.

We have to think that Rooney and his two team-mates  Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson turned up at the Carrington training grounds with hangovers from some big drinking the night before, after beating Wigan 5-0, and were unable to train.

When you are a professional footballer that’s simply not acceptable, and Wayne was fined a a week’s wages – £200K – and  that will hit him in the pocket – not!

Thais what Alex told New York radio station SiriusXM.

“Wayne Rooney will be available of course.” ‘We had a few training sessions and he missed a few. You’ve got to be fit to play in this league. You can’t miss training sessions.”

‘We’re trying hard to get Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs back for tomorrow which will make a good difference to us.” ‘Anderson should be better. He had 45 minutes on Saturday after being out for four months.

“There are no other ones ready to come back immediately.” ‘We’re getting a lot of impact injuries. Maybe the way we play creates that. We always want to have the ball and play. We’re getting a lot of them this season.’

An it looks like in our next home league game against OPR a week on Saturday,  former midfielder Joey Barton will not be available, after he was sent off after 36 minutes against Norwich City yesterday.

QPR were 1-0 up at the time, and it was a beautiful goal from Joey Barton after11 minutes that put the London side ahead, but then Joey’s baggage got in the way.

Later in the first half he seemed to head-butt Bradley Johnson away from the play, and after consultation with his assistants,  referee Neil Swarbrick gave him a straight red card.

QPR manager Neil Warnock said the referee was conned and Joey Barton tweeted far too much about the event last night.

And that itself could get him into trouble too, but the worry is now QPR are 4th bottom of the league and have only two draws and six defeats in their last eight games.

We thought players were not supposed to use the social media to comment on games, but Joey is a law unto  himself and this is what he tweeted last night:

“Well feel for the officials, they’ve been conned. Admitted to me at HT they never saw it. I was pulled back 1st, then kicked 2nd!”

“Linesman definitely never saw it, all he seen was Johnsons reaction. My head doesn’t move forward at all. Ridiculous decision seen 25 replays”

“Make ur own minds up when u see it. The games gone!”

“I’d be 1st to apologise if I’d reacted. Cannot apologise as I know I’ve not head butted anyone. Disappointed for the lads and the fans.”

The reports this morning are pointing to Joey  saying it was a ridiculous decision  that could see him in hot water with the FA.

Joey must be thinking why these things always happen to him, and he refuses to apologize to the fans, because it’s  nothing to do with him – well at least in his own eyes it’s not.

The other way to look at that is he’s taking no responsibility for his actions, but his murky past always goes before him when things like this happen.

We’re just pleased these headlines are not involving Newcastle United, let’s just say that.

Joey let his side down yesterday and it was his sending off that allowed Norwich to come right back into the game and they got two second half goals to win the game, and do the double over QPR.

There will likely be an appeal from QPR, but from the video clip, it seems to show Barton headbutting Bradley Johnson, but it’s not too clear, and in that case the review committee will go with the initial referee’s decision.

And if he’s not given a three match ban for that,  he should get one for those tweets above.

Here’s it is on YouTube with Neil Warnock talking:

In any case Joey  should miss the Newcastle game on January 15th, and since he’s their best player, that’s got to be good news for Newcastle.

We need 3 points in that game whatever happens tomorrow night, as Stoke City are now just one point behind us in 8th place, and Norwich themselves are just 5 points behind us in 9th position.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • LewSpi

    Jan 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Heard a lot of whispers that Alan Smith’s contract terminated by mutual consent.

  • seantoon

    Jan 3, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Why can’t we get corluka in on loan

  • Dannyo

    Jan 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t care mate, i just want “the hair” out of the club. It may have been our fault that bought him, but he’s the one who just likes to sit out the contract sucking up the money.
    He doesn’t care if he plays or not, he just wants the cash to keep that lovely hair of his flowing.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    I remember tat he was one of the few who really cared about us going down and started the championship season off with some decent performances until he got injured. Has overstayed though – thought he might end up back at his beloved Leeds but looks like Ipswich are paying his bus fare

  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    *that lol hope smudge doesn’t think I’m talking about his flowing mane!

  • Oleg G

    Jan 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    To those who missed this:

    How many points each team collected in their last 8 games?

    Man U 19
    Spurs 17
    Arsenal 17
    Liverpool 15
    Man C 14
    Stoke 14
    Everton 14
    Chelsea 12
    WBA 11
    Sunderland 11
    Fulham 10
    Wigan 10
    Norwich 9
    A. Villa 8
    Blackburn 8
    Swansea 7
    Newcastle 5
    Wolves 5
    QPR 5
    Bolton 4

    Look where we are and except Chelsea (still much better then us) look where the other teams from the top 9.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 3, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah not encouraging reading but dont think we need the stats to tell us we’re on a lousy run though! If we are still chucking points down the pot after the QPR game and Pardew is still throwing Perch, Shola & Lovenkrands on at 80 minutes, THEN will be the official time to panic methinks.

  • taker83

    Jan 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Just imagine if Perch starts instead of willo at cb against MU…

  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Joey has a point. He was targeted in games playing for us as his rep makes him a soft touch. Tweeting isn’t a crime either. But he is still a good player (hell of a finish yesterday) and a darned site better than The Mekon so I’m not sorry he won’t be playing. But you will hear the fans singing his name in humour and a degree of affection for a past player who gave 100%.

  • Sav

    Jan 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Rooney has scored far too many against us and Pardew and Carver need to find out why and stop him.


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