Breaking: Joey Barton available to face United this weekend

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Burnley will have some added assistance in the midfield this weekend when they face Manchester United after Joey Barton was ruled eligible to play by the Football Association.

The decision came down on Friday after the FA ruled in the veteran midfielder’s favor as Barton’s ongoing betting charges are taken into consideration.

Barton has been charged with placing 1,260 bets over a 10-year period, prompting the FA’s action.

While the FA failed to reach a decision on Friday, Barton will is expected to be eligible to play until the panel does make up its mind in regards to a potential ban for the 34-year-old.

The Clarets re-signed Barton in December on a deal that lasts until the end of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, however, the news shedding light on his alleged illegal betting came just three days after Burnley inked the deal.