We are short of strikers and now it could be that captain Michael Owen will miss the start of the season with injury.
Michael Owen – may not be fit enough for Old Trafford
Manager Keegan hopes to include Obafemi Martins at home to Valencia this coming Saturday after a knee injury has cleared up, and the plan is also to give Michael Owen a game on that day.
Kevin told The Journal today:
â€œMichael will be back with us, hopefully on the bench in the second game on Saturday, but it will take some work to get him fit,â€
â€œWe have to be different with him as he picked up a calf strain.â€
That now looks as though Michael may not make the game against Manchester United a week on Saturday, which will be bad news for the Newcastle supporters, and a bit of a surprise.
The Valencia match on Saturday will be Newcastle’s very last game before the competitive action starts. The time is also dragging on Michael’s new contract, and there is still no new news on that front.
However, Kevin seems unconcerned when asked what progress had been made with Owen:
â€œI donâ€™t know,â€ â€œI have been concentrating on stuff out here.”
“Iâ€™ll find out when I get back but I am not worried about it.â€
Keegan seems justifiably concerned about the unavailability of some of his senior players, and it’s really bad news when after a full summer of rest players cannot make the first game because of long term injuries.
â€œI canâ€™t fault their attitude but we had 11 players who werenâ€™t even involved against Mallorca,â€ â€œWe could have had another team out.”
â€œWe are down to one forward and have also lost the underbelly of it with (Andy) Carroll out for a month and (Kazenga) LuaLua, who would strengthen your bench.”
“We donâ€™t have many youngsters at the club. Some of the kids we have really are kids.â€
There’s a classic quote from Kevin – some of the kids we have really are kids.
One for the future no doubt. 😀
We do seem to have injury problems that are now threatening to keep captain Michael Owen, as well as Mark Viduka out of our opening game at PL and European Champions Manchester United – not good.