Owen Returns For Newcastle Today at Chelsea


Michael Owen is expected to make his comeback from a thigh injury at Chelsea this afternoon.

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Michael Owen – returns today at Chelsea – probably as a substitute

That’s the good news from the Newcastle camp, and while we don’t know if Michael will actually start the game, it has to be some good news for the Newcastle faithful.

Michael has been out since mid-November with a thigh strain he picked up while playing for England in a friendly against Austria. We would expect Michael to take his place on the substitutes’ bench and then be introduced sometime in the second half today, depending on the state of the game.

Sam Allardyce thinks, probably correctly so, that the situation at St James’ Park over the last week is not as bad as has been portrayed.  And Sam and the team will no doubt be lifted by the return of one of England’s best strikers.

Michael must be relived to be back and he knows he owes the club a number of goals, having started for the club only 21 times in his 28 months on Tyneside. It would be a nice time to start scoring goals this afternoon at Stamford Bridge. We hope he plays at some point this afternoon, and we hope he does well.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • carl

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    an owen 88th minute winner would go down well

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  • Graeme

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    A 92nd minute equalizer would just as welcome though LOL

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  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Irrespective of whether Owen plays or not we should be quite capable of getting a draw. Chelsea are currently at a low point with injuries and to a certain extent form.

    Last week Villa who are next to us in the table deservedly got a point. We could be in with a shout.

    Villa went to Chelsea with:-
    a) A top manager
    b) A team who seem to believe in his methods
    c) A determination to attack from the outset

    Under our last two deadbeat managers we managed to suffer fighting 1-0 defeats at the Bridge.

    So I ‘m expecting a decent result and us being in with a shout this afternoon.

    To date expectations and results have been unfairly matched. Come on Sam, put a smile on my face for the right reasons !!!

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  • Graham

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #4

    You see, thats the problem with most NUFC fans – over ambitious… I would be happy to see him leave Stamford Bridge without crutches under his armpits!

    It honestly doesn’t matter whether Owen plays or not as we wont create the chances for him or anyone else to score.

    And on that note – Chelsea 3, Newcastle 0

    Happy New year everyone!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Graham – you could be absolutely right! But that’s the way we are.

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  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Graham: Agree with you totally re Owen and the game. Happy new year to you and others also.

    I’d love to see 2008 being a year when we have

    a) A top manager
    b) A team who seem to believe in his methods
    c) A determination to attack from the outset

    Not a lot to ask for or really that ambitious…..

    One of these days maybe !!!

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  • Kris B

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Well to see anything of Mr Owen would be a miracle I think his days at the Toon are numbered and rightly so! The thing is with owen there has only ever been one club he wants to play for and its red, id be happy to see him go in the new year and buy some one with the willingness to bust a gut for us. More importantly to have a good quality mid field play with some flair and pace to bring to a team that for all intense and purposes play 8 in defence!! Many happy returs to you all and a very happy new year!

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  • Leo

    Dec 29, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #8

    well owen could be better now for newcastle if we are going to use two wingers and stretch teams, get balls in the box to be pulled down so owen can run on to them

    im not holding any hopes though

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