Newcastle United striker Michael Owen will miss Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Carlisle after sustaining a thigh injury in training.
The 27-year-old is is expected to return within within 10 days so will miss the Celtic game but should be ready for the big pre-season game against Juventus on Sunday, 29th July.
Michael Owen – injured.
Sam Allardyce said today regarding Michael’s injury:
“Hopefully, it will be no more than 10 days and he should be back.
It may be a little early for the Celtic match, but we hope he will be fit to face Juventus on the Sunday.”
Michael seems to get these little niggles that keeps him out of games at the last minute â€“ we wonder if Sam’s staff can put something in place for Michael â€“ maybe a special fitness program so he doesn’t get these types of injuries. It’s also Sam’s first injury sustained to his squad – and we’ll watch these closely.
Sam Allardyce also said he would speak to Kieron Dyer following speculation yesterday that West Ham were preparing an offer for the 28-year-old.
Sam talked about the expected West Ham bid for Kieron:
“I suppose I will have to have a chat and a conversation with Kieron to see if he thinks there is anything in it and if there is, we will discuss it privately from there.
“But at the moment, there is no bid from West Ham, so until Alan Curbishley rings me or the chief executive rings (chief operating officer) Russell Cushing, then there would be no discussion.
“It has been rumored in the papers and sometimes there is no smoke without fire.
“But if there’s a bid going to come in, I would probably expect a phone call either today or over the weekend because they have lost one of their new players.”
Big Sam also mentioned that Geremi will make his debut tomorrow in the game at Carlisle United and James Milner will have his first run out of the season.
“We’ll give James and Geremi a run-out at some point against Carlisle.”
“It’ll be their first football of the pre-season so we won’t be asking too much of them.”
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