Michael Owen has completed his two procedures at the German clinic on Friday and Saturday, and as we predicted there are already calls for him to play in the England qualifiers in mid-October.
That would really be tempting fate and to his credit that’s exactly what Michael thinks. He also believes playing for Newcastle has to be his priority â€“ because we pay his wages.
Hey â€“ we agree with that one too â€“ let’s see what else Michael said.
Michael Owen – being sensible about his injury – even if the media isn’t
Even Sam Allardyce said that Michael could be back for next Sunday’s game against Everton but in all honesty Newcastle are not that desperate to have him return prematurely. We have Oba Martins, who to us is on the same level as Michael, but he of course doesn’t have Michael’s vast experience yet. We will need Michael early in the year when Oba’s away and Michael will be our only small striker.
But thankfully Owen is maintaining a more cautious stance and says he expects to miss the England clashes with Estonia, on October 13, and Russia four days later.
Michael told the News of the World today:
“I don’t want to tempt fate by making a premature forecast,” “Medical advice will decide how quickly I will be back in action. I’d rather remain cautious at this stage than set any unrealistic targets.
“But in the back of my mind, before I had the surgery, I had focused on Newcastle’s October 22 Premier League game against Tottenham – the first after the international break – for a possible return.â€ “Anything before that, including England’s two Euro qualifiers against Estonia and Russia, would be a bonus.”
October 22nd sounds good to us and that means he’ll just miss the game at Everton next Sunday at home. Surely Sunday is too early to even have Owen on the bench, whatever Sam said yesterday. It would be foolish to even think of risking Michael in a short 7 days time.
“I shall cling to the hope I can play for England but people must accept that Newcastle have to come first at the moment.â€“They pay my wages and I have missed far too many games since joining them to put them at the back of the queue as far as priorities go.â€
“I know it is going to be the subject of national debate as to whether I will be fit to help England qualify for next year’s European Championship finals but let’s adopt a little bit of caution and see how the next 10 days unfold.”
That’s sensible talk from Michael because we’re sure he’s a little embarrassed by all these injuries and probably wants to start repaying the club’s complete faith shown in him over the last two years. That’s good for Michael and good for Newcastle.
It looks like the bottom line is that Michael will be 100% match fit for us in a short 3 weeks and for some of that time we don’t have any games. That’s a lot better than it might have been. Does that mean we are now having a little luck and good news with injuries?
We’ll see – comments always welcome.