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Joey Barton to train with Fleetwood Town

QPR's banned midfielder Joey Barton will train with League Two new boys Fleetwood Town.

The 29-year-old was sent off on the last day of last season at Manchester City and has been banned for the first 12 games of the new campaign.

Barton will train with Fleetwood, a non-league club as recently as May, for a week starting on Thursday, after he was left out of QPR's tour of Malaysia.

The former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Tweeted: "Looking forward to training with Fleetwood for the week. Will get a much needed sweat on."

Barton, who knows several Cod Army players and is good friends with striker Andy Mangan, added: "Still have three years left at QPR. Exciting times for the club, which I intended to be a part of. Need to get some fitness in the meantime.

"Fleetwood are a young club going places. Five promotions already in the last few years. If I help some of their young players, great.

"Training with them will certainly help me with my short-term fitness and my plan on being as fit as possible during my 12-game ban."

Barton was shown a red card on the final day of the season for his clash with Carlos Tevez, that was followed by confrontations with Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

He was stripped of the QPR captaincy. Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has admitted he is interested in signing the midfielder.

By Mark Roach 

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