Michael Owen, after helping to get the job done on Sunday for Newcastle against Everton, says he is ready to face Estonia at Wembley on Saturday and Russia in Moscow four days later.
Looks like Sam Allardyce is urging caution because Michael was just operated on 10 days ago in Germany, but as usual Owen really wants to play for his country.
Is there anything wrong with this? Absolutely not, just as long as he doesnâ€™t return injured again from the international break.
Michael Owen – likely to start both upcoming England games
This is what Michael said yesterday:
“I will listen to the surgeon and not anyone else because she knows what she is talking about.”
Obviously Newcastle fans are concerned that he could be injured again. Michael has 21 appearances for Newcastle (17 starts) and has scored 10 goals. An excellent return in goals given heâ€™s been in and out of the team. But in the 2 year period heâ€™s probably played about half that number of games for England.
“Could I play against Estonia? I don’t see why not. The surgeon tells me nothing can go wrong in terms of the operation. Everyone could see how much I wanted to get back and play for Newcastle.â€
“It’s feeling good and I am available for both teams I represent. It’s much stronger than when I went in.â€
“Even when it feels a bit tight you just plough through it. A lot of players have this done. I was talking to Alan Shearer and he got back from his surgery in 12 days, but hopefully coming back in eight days is a record.”
This is what Sam Allardyce had said about the situation yesterday:
“I don’t know whether two games in such a short space of time is right,”
“Michael isn’t qualified to do anything other than play football, so he can’t ignore the information he’s given by our highly-qualified medical staff and me as his manager.”
It looks like Michael wants to play and we know he loves representing his country and you can’t blame him for that. The media will try to blow this up out of all proportion of course. The only problem will be if Michael gets injured. Otherwise, everything in the garden will be rosy again if England can secure two wins, which will virtually qualify them for the finals next year.
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