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Owen Ready For Return to Newcastle Side

3:46 pm, Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

England striker Michael Owen may return to action for Newcastle United in the holiday period after being out since he tore his thigh muscle in England’s 1-0 friendly victory over Austria on November 16, which is almost 6 weeks ago.

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Michael Owen – almost ready to return to Newcastle side

Michael has only 21 starts for the Tyneside club, since joining 28 months ago from Real Madrid for £17M and has just 6 starts this year.

Asked if Michael could be involved soon, Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce said:

“Yes, he could be. It could be a small contribution.”

“It’s then a case of building him up from there. Using him sparingly at this period of time is something we consider, and hopefully that builds the match fitness and staves off any more injuries.”

Owen has appeared in just 25 games for Newcastle United, with injuries severely limiting his participation. Allardyce and Newcastle fans will be hoping the minor problems which have affected Owen since his major ACL knee injury will become a thing of the past, once he gets back in action.

Sam continued:

“”It’s always a challenge when you have got a quality player of that nature who is bitterly disappointed, as we are, that he keeps picking up little niggly injuries,”

“It is not as if they are the sort of injuries he has had before which have been major or long term. That’s another challenge compared to what he has had.”

“But he is fit again now and hopefully that will be the end of it for a long period of time.”

We certainly hope when Michael comes back he will stay healthy because Oba Martins will be leaving for the African Nations Cup in early January. If Michael is injured again, Newcastle could still play Viduka and Smith up front, and they have had a prosperous partnership as fellow strikers at Leeds United. Ameobi is also available if required.

Comments Welcome.



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 newcastlefan // Dec 25, 2007 at 4:09 PM

    Hopefully , Capello will not consider Owen in his team, if he stay fit of course,
    especially for friendly against Switzerland in a month time.

    If not , he might get another injury.

  • 2 Hadrian // Dec 25, 2007 at 4:14 PM

    owen needs the service our front men have had these past few games , can see him knocking them away if he gets them .
    capello , ive a feeling he rates owen actually , seems wierd for a guy who’s all about hard work on the pitch , but i think managers percive owen as a guy who will put his one chance away , in tight games thats invaluable .

  • 3 Johann // Dec 25, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Well Im at least getting very tired of Owen. Out with him if we can get some money! Some players are just not meant to play for this club! :)

  • 4 Tripp // Dec 25, 2007 at 5:02 PM

    I doubt that anyone with money would buy Owen. Why take the risk when there are younger, healthier options out there?

  • 5 scott 9 // Dec 25, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    seen as allardyce never drops smith dont u think this side would create chances and be a decent side and play some nice football
    given
    beye cacapa taylor zog
    duff barton emre
    smith
    viduka owen
    bench- martins milner harper faye butt
    emre not playing as a winger zog pLAYING AS A WINGER EMRE COMING INSIDE TO HELP in the centre duff playing on the right wing smith playing just of the front 2 and barton protecting the back four i think this ream could play some nice football and knock it about quite nicley.

  • 6 Tripp // Dec 25, 2007 at 8:44 PM

    I like, Scott9. The only concern is the fitness up front. Smith is capable of good flick-ons and he could provide good short-range service to the Duke and L’il Mickey. Zog overlapping Emre could also be potent. Ditto Duff and Beye. I might be inclined to start Faye over Cacapa, but I think the jury’s still out on Claudio. He has had some very solid games, but he may be a bit fragile. Emre needs a good run of games starting. I do like him as an impact sub though. He’s done really well coming into games ~60 minutes so you could potentially interchange him with Zog and play our mystery LB, Enrique.

  • 7 daiv // Dec 25, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    We should sell Owen to Man C or the like. The top 4 will not go near him with a bargepole. Trouble is nobody wants him. £115K a month and always injured. Only the Toon could fall for that one. You could not make it up. Trust me… Owen is staying becauser nobody else is stupid enough to pay those wages for a player who only wants to play for England or a top 4 club.

  • 8 Dragoner // Dec 25, 2007 at 9:54 PM

    its true, we are stuck with him. Hopefully he will come strong and start performing…but i doubt it! He needs a better midfield supporting him than what we have got in order for him to perform well. Although i do feel with duff back and emre hopefully in the first team all we would need is someone who can play well on the right wing (arshavin) to replace milner. Then Owen would have sufficient enough support to perform well

  • 9 Tom_Toon // Dec 25, 2007 at 10:26 PM

    115k a month, its 105k a week i heard.

  • 10 Simon Asaad // Dec 26, 2007 at 12:57 AM

    scott 9 that is a very gd team; however wat I would b inclined 2 do is replace the Duke with Martins but thats probs bias towards Martins (im not afraid 2 admit that) and replace Taylor with Faye; this will create a defence capable of handling long balls with the aerial prescence of Faye and can push forward by Beye. Cacapa can also provide the tackling and passing and calming influence at the back.

  • 11 scott 9 // Dec 26, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    yes sorry i was thinking faye was injured b ut hes fit now so tes i would change him for cacapa

  • 12 scott 9 // Dec 26, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    or taylor i cant decide its to hard well have to leave it for big sam but yes i agree if fayes fit he has to be in there

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