Michael Owen contracted the mumps after the end of last season.
Michael Owen – had the mumps – but still enjoys training 😀
And the Newcastle captain for next season missed England’s tour of the Caribbean in June because of the virus.
Michael is now fine and back in full training, but Keegan doesn’t want to take any risks with his valuable player, and Owen will also sit out this weekend’s friendly at Doncaster Rovers.
Michael said today:
“When I pulled out of the England squad for the games with the United States and Trinidad and Tobago, everyone thought I had a virus,”
“But it turned out that I had the mumps, and they would not let me go in case I infected any of the other England players.”
“And while I would not say I was in a bad way it wasn’t very pleasant at all.”
“It did affect me for a while – I was quite ill and I was not allowed to do anything for four weeks.”
“When I came back to Newcastle our doctor here worked out a program for me and it has been a slightly different program from the rest of the players.”
“And instead of going straight into the deep end with the rest of the lads, we have just been making slow progress.”
“That’s why you did not see me at Hartlepool on Saturday and why I won’t be out there at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.”
“Perhaps I might get to play in one of the games in Majorca next weekend.”
“But I should definitely be OK for our first home friendly with PSV Eindhoven on August 6.”
It’s good that Michael has explained that, and of course the most important thing is to have him fit for our first league game at Manchester United on August 17th.
That will be a tough game to start our season, to say the least, but we still expect at least a point.
Kevin is right, not to push the former Liverpool star, since we must somehow get more games out of Michael this coming season.
Yes, we’re still waiting to hear the news that Michael has signed a new contract at the club, but everybody seems to be thinking that is just a matter of time now.
Michael was great for us at the end of last season and we must have him firing on all cylinders right at the start of this season, so we can get off to a good start, which will be so vital for the confidence of the team.