As we all know Sam Allardyce is concerned about the prospect of Steve McClaren fielding Michael Owen in both England’s European Championship qualifying matches against Estonia at Wembley on Saturday and Russia in Moscow four days later.
Sam thinks itâ€™s a risk to ask Michael to play in crucial games after just undergoing surgery a week ago. As we mentioned earlier today it looks like Michael doesnâ€™t agree. Letâ€™s take a look at what Sam said yesterday about the situation.
Sam Allardyce - not sure Owen is up to 2 games in 4 days after his recent operation
Sam said yesterday:
“Michael had two operations,” “He had a repair of the stomach muscle and the abductor muscle on the Friday and Saturday. I have to be very protective of Michael Owen because he’s got to be eased back into it.â€“
The most important thing for me is that he’s available to be selected for Newcastle.â€
“In my opinion Michael wasn’t ready to start against Everton but in his opinion he was. At the end of the day, I’ve tried to do my best for Newcastle and for Michael Owen.â€
“It’s my job to get a player to sustain his long-term fitness. If that means not starting him or pulling him off with 20 minutes to go then so be it. I don’t know what Steve [McClaren] is planning, but for me I don’t know if two games in such a short space of time is right.”
Maybe Steve McClaren will be smart and only play Michael in the Russia game. He’s hardly needed in the Estonia game. After all are ranked 127th in the latest FIFA Rankings and Russia are ranked 26th. England are ranked 9th.
What do you think â€“ should Michael start both games?
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