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Newcastle have confirmed that Joey Barton is set to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after damaging knee ligaments during Saturday's 2-2 draw with Wigan.


The midfielder limped out of the action at St James' Park with just 17 minutes on the clock, and left the stadium on crutches.


He then underwent a number of scans on Sunday to determine the severity of the problem, and has been left disappointed by the results.


The Magpies' medical staff have revealed that the 26-year-old suffered a slight tear to his right medial ligament during an innocuous challenge with Wigan's Lee Cattermole, an injury which is expected to keep him out of action for some time.


A club spokesman said: "After further assessment today following scans yesterday, he has damage to his right medial ligament and will be out for eight weeks."



Barton, despite facing up to the prospect of a prolonged period on the treatment table, remains determined to prove his worth at Newcastle this season.


He said: "I am not blaming Lee Cattermole in any way for this injury. It was a 50-50 ball and we both went for it, and these things happen.


"Obviously, it's disappointing and frustrating, and my sole intention is to knuckle down and bounce back and get fit again to help the Newcastle United cause."


The one-cap England international has struggled to make an impact on Tyneside since completing a £5.8million switch from Manchester City last summer.


Problems off the field have hindered his progress, while injury troubles have also blighted his time in the North East.


A 74-day stint in prison over the summer then saw him hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, while he was also handed a 12-game ban, six of which were suspended, following a training ground incident involving former City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.


He has made five appearances since returning from that suspension, but looks unlikely to feature again in 2008.

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Its fucking typical really isnt it, the going gets tough and we get another set back! He was looking like he was coming into his own again and i thought he would be a massive player for us this season. We'll definatly miss him, and it just emphasises how small the squad it when we have to rely on central midfield of Butt and Guthrie with NO other natural backup so it's likely we will se geremi in there at some point too! :lol:


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Going back to the incident when barton got crocked, it looked not too disimilar to what happened to me a few years back playing for county when i damaged my cartiledge, very painful indeed. And barton wanted to come back on!! Just as well he didnt otherwise he would of been out for the season.

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