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Barton return buoys Newcastle boss Kinnear

The return of Joey Barton from injury has instilled confidence in Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear.

Kinnear believes that having the midfielder back in the first team will go a long way to keeping the club in the top flight this season.

"Having Joey back is a big bonus," Kinnear told the club's official website.

"I thought it was important to give him a run out at Blackburn and then again in Tuesday's game with Carlisle.

"He has a great desire to win and is a box-to-box midfielder who will give his all.

"He could be a very important player for us between now and the end of the season."

Andrew Slevison
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