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Barton trains with Fleetwood

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed he is to train with League Two side Fleetwood Town in order to get his fitness levels up.

Barton was stripped of the QPR captaincy last month and fined six weeks' wages, after being hit with a 12-match ban by the Football Association for his actions during the final game of the Premier League season against Manchester City.

His elbow on Carlos Tevez and clashes with Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany left his Hoops career hanging in the balance - but the club decided not to sack him.

However, he was told he was not welcome on QPR's summer tour of Asia - and so has decided to keep his condition up with a spell at Fleetwood - who are preparing for their first ever season in the Football League.

"Looking forward to training with Fleetwood Town for the week," Barton tweeted. "Will get a much-needed sweat on. "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 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 [to] be as fit as possible during my 12-game ban."

Meanwhile, QPR's Asian Tour came to an end earlier on Monday as Adel Taarabt's penalty and Bobby Zamora's strike helped them come from behind to record a 2-1 win over Persebaya.

The Indonesian side took a surprise early lead through Fernando Soler, who struck from close range in the 17th minute after goalkeeper Rob Green had failed to clear a long ball into the area.

The Rs hit back nine minutes later, however, when Taarabt slotted home from the spot after on-loan Manchester United defender Fabio was felled by two defenders.

In energy-sapping conditions, Zamora had a goal disallowed for offside but the former Fulham striker was not to be denied in the 67th minute, firing in from 12 yards to help Rangers end their tour with a win.


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