Vital Football

Latest Newcastle United News

Sam on Joey

Sam on Joey

Despite a return against his former club`s reserve side in midweek, Big Sam has totally ruled out Joey Barton making a return against boyhood heroes Everton this weekend, instead calling on the player to rein it in.

"There is no chance, absolutely no chance that Joey will be involved against Everton. I know he wants to play, but he is a footballer, not a medical expert. We will make the decision when he plays, not him. That decision will be taken by medical experts in consultation with myself and the coaching staff.

Joey is very enthusiastic about playing football and it was that sort of character which was one of the reasons we signed him. It has been very frustrating for him to have been unable to play when he has only just joined a new club, but we will not rush him back.

The injury has taken a little longer than we thought to heal and, having waited patiently for so long, we'd be stupid to rush him back now just because he wants to play as quickly as possible. There is a big difference between being fit enough to train and fit enough to play in the Premier League.

We're having to hold him back a little because he wants to get back into it, but it's for his own good. We are looking after his long-term interests. When you have been out for a long time and come back you are at a greater risk of picking up another injury elsewhere because the body isn't strong enough to cope. He is coming back slowly and he won't be involved with the first team until after the international break.'



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:Ross Molyneux
Date:Friday October 5 2007
Time: 11:24AM

Comments

0
barton is a great player and you need him fully fit
ozanne park rangers
05/10/2007 11:42:00
0
Definitely. Smith isn't the answer in midfield. Keep him up top and leave Barton to do the graft.
SirLes
05/10/2007 12:44:00
0
He should be captain, not Ron Jeremy.
Roy4Triggs
05/10/2007 12:45:00
0
he's going down for assault :-)
Putney
06/10/2007 20:25:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Newcastle United Articles

Fans Onboard With Rafa Vision

Far too many times over the past few years has there been such detachment between Newcastle United and the fan base.

Safe Standing Rears It's Head Again

We've long spoken about the atmosphere change that has came around after standing on terraces was replaced

Still No Return Date For Jesus - For Newcastle United!

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Newcastle United and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Newcastle unearth themselves an absolute gem

Newcastle unearth themselves an absolute gem

Newcastle United Archived Articles

TOTT articles from

Site Journalists

TNMW
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man U MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Dubravka54%
Yedlin1%
Lascelles5%
Lejeune4%
Dummett0%
Ritchie1%
Shelvey31%
Diame3%
Kenedy0%
Perez0%
Gayle0%
Sub - Joselu1%
Sub - Atsu0%
Sub - Hayden0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Newcastle United Results (view all)

Newcastle United Fixtures

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Toon_NoMatterWot43
2.crooktownmags38
3.Mcnamee6728
4.Rexn24
5.keggy_keagal23
6.PieMag23
7.Harry's Boy22
8.Bruce6818
9.markylad7415
10.ukrocks000714
The Vital Football Members League