Barkley is hoping to concentrate on impressing David Moyes after his loan spell at Leeds United ended.
The 19-year-old England U-21 starlet, who returned from Elland Road yesterday, is another bidding to make the match day squad to face Oldham, and believes he has made good progress so far this term.
He said: "It was a bit frustrating while I was there (at Leeds) because there weren't many games. But I've learned a lot this season. I feel like I've progressed.
"I've learned a lot about the game. I'm pleased I've kept injury free and fit. Last season I had some niggly injuries but the rehab I've done has helped a lot. Now I'll see how it goes. Hopefully I can impress the gaffer and then get in the team. If I don't play any part in the game on Saturday then hopefully I can play for the U-21s on Sunday."