Owen Wary of Early England Comeback

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 – because we pay his wages.

Hey – we agree with that one too – 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.” “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.

Michael continued:

“I shall cling to the hope I can play for England but people must accept that Newcastle have to come first at the moment.”“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.”

“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.

6 comments so far

  • Dragoner

    Sep 30, 2007 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #1

    thats the first time i have EVER heard Michael put Newcastle United before England, im impressed 🙂

  • SteveD

    Sep 30, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I read a similar stance this morning in the article in todays on-line version on http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk – it’s a “newspaper” apparently :D, but I agree it’s nice to finally see such a positive spin from Owen of his priorities, Toon 1st, England 2nd. The report on his dual operations seemed to go well according to his surgeon and he’ll be running Monday.

    The game yesterday – good 1st half, faltered after sucker punch just after 2nd half began – must remember to wake up after half time oranges lads.

    Bring on game next weekend against Everton – Sam – sort out the defence, get back to 4-4-2, push Zog up on the left to give more attacking width, let Emre have 1st 45 minutes to make a mark and stick with Oba and possible Smudger up front.

  • Graeme

    Sep 30, 2007 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Yep, was good to hear, but also a lot of common sense. He has battled injury for 2 years and to rush back now would probably be foolish, if an extra 10 days rehabilitation would mean complete healing is achieved.

    A fully fit and onfident MO is an awesome thing for any Premiership defence to cope with – England will just have to cope without him for the next 2 games.

  • Dragoner

    Sep 30, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    i have just read the comments made by Albert Luque on skysports.com, i am just completely shocked by the lack of respect he has for our club, to come out and say those things about Newcastle United is disrespectful in so many ways, i am so glad he has gone, he is just another overrated spaniard who is not good enough for the Premier League, good riddance

  • leo

    Sep 30, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    bored of it. but glad he is putting us first for once, main question you have to ask is, is he being honest or just trying to get some fans back on his side?

  • hadrian

    Sep 30, 2007 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    ohh, sounds like sam or someone has had words with owen , he’s saying exactly what all us supporters think .

    im affriad i need owen to sign a new contract before i have any faith in the guy .


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