£65,000 A Week Barton Won't Play 'For A Long Time'!

Last updated : 23 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Kevin Keegan has revealed he will probably not figure before the personal hearing he requested after admitting an FA charge of violent conduct towards former Manchester City team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

That will take place on Friday, September 5 during the break for international matches.

Keegan: "What we have got to do with Joey is just try to assess where his fitness is.

"It is all right to come in and play a game, but how will he react after it?

"I am fully aware he has got his thing on September 5, and it is highly unlikely Joey will be involved with us beforehand.

"If he was fit enough and looked strong enough and put himself up for selection that way, I would play him before then.

"But at the moment, it is looking unlikely just because of the work he has missed."

Barton has not played for his club since the 2-0 home defeat by Chelsea on May 5.

The 25-year-old, who spent 74 days in jail after being sentenced to six months' imprisonment for assault and affray, is currently working towards match fitness as he attempts to resume his chequered career.