The Queens Park Rangers midfielder is back training with the Under-21s.
The R's got the job done without the tough central midfielder last Monday, when they beat struggling Aston Villa 2-0 at Loftus Road.
But, in the games - and particularly defeats - that came prior for Harry Redknapp's side, Barton's absence through injury was sorely felt.
Against Chelsea later today, the west London side would no doubt have benefited from the 32-year-old's strength.
That, however, was not to be, although Barton has delivered a positive injury update on Twitter.
Just finished 1st session back with u21's. Good intensity and great to be back. Watch 2nd half of our 18's now then off to Stamford Bridge.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) November 1, 2014
The central midfielder admits it is 'great to be back' after completing his first training session back with the Under-21s.
The next natural step will be to re-engage with QPR's senior squad in training, before getting some kind of match time, etiher for the Under-21s again or straight back in Redknapp's first team.
QPR face a tough run of fixtures in the coming weeks, as they host Manchester City after facing league-leaders Chelsea, before travelling to St James' Park to play Newcastle United.
Barton will no doubt be cheering his side on with great volume against the Blues...