Just when Newcastle fans thought it couldn’t get any worse ….

Joey Barton returns to the first team.

Yes, Barton is set to make his first appearance in a Newcastle shirt since the day he called Alan Shearer a “shit boss”. The 26-year old was sent off in controversial circumstances during Newcastle’s trip to Liverpool last May, prompting the North East club to ban him but it now looks as though he may still have a future at St James’ Park.

Barton is set to feature in Newcastle’s pre-season friendly with Shamrock Rovers on Saturday which will no doubt cause a bit of a stir amongst Magpies fans.