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Newcastle's Barton gutted to miss Man City return

Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton admits this weekend's clash against former club Manchester City will come too soon for him.

He told the Evening Chronicle: "I'll be there at the City of Manchester Stadium on Saturday too, without a shadow of a doubt. It's just disappointing I won't be playing.

"I've still got a little way to go in terms of match fitness, and hopefully I'll get there sooner rather than later and I'll get back to what I do best, which is playing football.

"I've been very fortunate to have a good medical team around me - the doctor and physios have been first class in getting me to where I am.

"But I'm only young, and I'll get a lot chances to play at Manchester City in the future.

"I still keep in contact with the lads there - I've got a lot of friends there and they've had a great start to the season and it should be a good game.

"You always want to play against your old club, but at the same time this is just another Premier League game for me.

"I think I've proved what I can do to the fans there - I've got nothing to prove to them.

"Now it's a case of pulling on a Newcastle United shirt and enjoying a new chapter in my career.

"Hopefully this is the start of an exciting time for Newcastle United, and for me personally."

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