Reports are just coming in that Michael Owen is likely to miss England’s upcoming friendlies with the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
Michael Owen – has a virus and will miss two England friendlies
The English Football Association has confirmed today the Newcastle United striker has failed to link up with the National squad for the two end-of-season games coming up.
Owen was among 31 players called up for the the games by new England manager Fabio Capello earlier this month, but he is now expected to miss the matches. It is unlikely Michael will even accompany the squad to their games.
With several strikers already included in the England squad, manager Fabio Capello has elected not to call up a replacement for the Newcastle captain.
Spurs midfielder and former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas, has been sent home because of an ankle injury.
Nine players in the England squad played in the European Champions League Final on Wednesday, and are due to link up with the squad tomorrow, having been given an extra day off to recover from the game.
Former England captain David Beckham will join up the squad on Sunday, after polaying tomorrow for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS.
England play the USA next Wednesday at Wembley, before then going to the Caribbean to play Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday 1st June.
Maybe this will give Newcastle ample time to ensure Michael signs a new contract at Newcastle, sooner rather than later – we hope so.