Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton is set to miss the start of the new Barclays Premiership season through injury.

The 24-year-old England international is understood to have fractured a metatarsal during the 1-1 friendly draw at Carlisle.

Barton underwent scans on the injury on Saturday night and is likely to face six or seven weeks on the sidelines, robbing manager Sam Allardyce of his £5.8million summer signing for the opening phase of the campaign.

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