Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that this Sundayâ€™s game with bottom of the league Derby County may come too soon for England striker Michael Owen.
Michael Owen – 50-50 for Derby Game
The 28-year-old has been out since injuring his thigh during England’s pointless friendly in Austria on 17th November, presumably the match being in preparation for Englandâ€™s game against Croatia the following Wednesday, which England lost and therefore failed to qualify for the European Finals next summer. So thatâ€™s 31 days today that Michael has been out, and of course he has only started 21 games in 28 months for the Newcastle club.
Big Sam says Owen only has a 50-50 chance of making Sunday’s game.
“Michael’s going to hopefully get back into some form of training this week,” “Derby might still be a bit soon, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”
We need Michael Owen to start helping the team, but with all these injuries it’s been hard for him to get going. He’s so far scored just 10 goals for the club, and since we’ve paid him around Â£13M in wages so far (and Â£17M to Real Madrid in transfer fees), that’s over Â£1M per goal. Yes, we know – it’s not his fault, but we’ll be a lot happier when Michael is back helping the team, by scoring goals for Newcastle.