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.
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 Â£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.
“”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.