Keegan – Owen Will Be Fit For First Game

Kevin Keegan says that his captain Michael Owen will be ready to lead the team out, when Newcastle United start their Premier League season against Manchester United, at Old Trafford, on August 17.


Michael Owen – Keegan thinks Owen will be fit for first game

However, Keegan is also wary of rushing Michael’s return, which he says he will not do.

Owen is actually back in training, but when asked about his chances of playing against Valencia, on Saturday, Kevin told nufcTV last night:

“I don’t think so.”“Michael will want to play and maybe have half a match, but I’ve told him I won’t risk him.”

“He’ll be fit for Manchester United as long as he doesn’t have any setbacks. He’s just started running again and done a lot of strength work. He’s a very fit boy.”

“We must get some football into him again now but we can do that internally without throwing him into a game five days after his comeback.”

It will be good to have Michael available for the Manchester United game, but we wonder if he’ll really be match fit by then?

We hope so, because our first game will be very important to hopefully get our season off to a good start.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • dingo

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #1

    >.< wall cherry.... fit? FIT? since when has Mo been fit? Strikers needed at the club.

  • John dsouza

    Aug 7, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #2

    i gt da offical dat coloccini has joind toon, at last da deal has been done, wow,

  • xfer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #3

    True legend, and GOD, please let him live longer…

    “Donating a £500,000 cheque on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation for a new dedicated cancer research centre in his beloved Newcastle yesterday simply said everything about the man. “

  • christoon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #4

    i hope he’s at full strength, was scoring well at the end of last season, with what i hope will be a better delivery this season i reckon he and martins will be golden. without the delivery strikers cant score…thats how i see it n e way

  • ende

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Rooney and Ronaldo will both be out.

  • Santi Munez

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #6

    I read that Nani was suspended and Anderson is with Brazil in Beijing.

  • iffy

    Aug 7, 2008 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Come on we can draw with man u at start of season if martins and mo are fit and we sign coll so we have
    a chance

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 7, 2008 at 3:38 AM

    Comment #8

    We started tonight with no, I repeat NO recognised strikers on the team……. but scored 2 goals in 7 minutes 😆

  • howaytheladsII

    Aug 7, 2008 at 5:50 AM

    Comment #9

    he did’t play the pre-season, but he will fit for the first game?

  • jeremy9

    Aug 7, 2008 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #10

    I always look at cup half empty…but here goes…..stop it with the first post on the wall virginity thing…that is really old and boring

    good to see we scored some goals

    good to hear we signed Colocini or whatever his name is…good stuff…..

    but Mike Ashley….your a billionaire…the brits have been way to easy on you……the Liverpool owners took hell………you’re a billionaire ………sign someone tight wad.

    you saw what happened last year and it couldn’t have been that much fun……… spend about twenty million……….and bring a couple of good players you cheap ass brit

  • valle

    Aug 7, 2008 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Anyone know where to find match highlights?

  • xfer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #12

    Looking for that as well…

  • ilikenufc

    Aug 7, 2008 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #13

    match highlights plz
    off topic, but we need a rly good CM and someones who really can finish without getting injured all the time and someone who can link up play upfront.
    mebe the 2 in 1
    someone like… shearer

    bad post my bad


  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 7, 2008 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #14

    So I’m right in thinking that Owen will be playing against Manure with zero match practice?
    He must train by himself in case somebody clatters him, something funny going on if you ask me, I reckon they’ll be trying to sell him as he’ll be walking for nowt at the end of the season,
    anybody want a bet that Owen could be playing AGAINST us at the opening game? Sir Alex only has one fit striker (Tevez) and it looks like Saha is going to the mackems….


    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #15

    I must say now, that it is a real chance to face MANU at as such early stage! I hope we can use this chance!

  • andyglostoon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #16



    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #17

    He’s our best player by far lads! oba is class but not prolific enough viduka is always injured i think once KK returned we saw how valuable Michael is to the team lets not knock him lets support him! with Toon army on his side i can see him notching 20+ this season, starting by bagging 1 or 2 against manure, their missing loads of players so be gr8 time to play them i’m betting they have berbatov in a red shirt by then though!

  • Penalty-Spot

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #18

    He’ll hit form and under Keegan score shed loads. He will also pull a tendon, strain a calf and bugger a budgie. He’ll earn millions, earn us millions, captain us to silverware and cause us all to moan far too regularly. But. That’s football for ya (appart from the buggering a budgie bit).

  • Matty

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #19

    off topic but people complain that we have a smaller squad now after letting 6 go and only buying 4. The 6 we let go were either always injured or fringe players that werent good enough, we have replaced these with 4 quality players. IMO our squad has increased by 4! We need an ACM and we bid for modric and aimar so im certain we will get one in. I think we can expect a top 10 finish but maybe europe depending on our form in the last couple of months of the season.

  • Owen10

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #20

    andyglostoon- If it were not for his goals toward the end of last season we would have had a first class ticket to the championship.

  • andyglostoon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #21

    lets buy berbatov!wishfull thinking

  • HeronMag

    Aug 7, 2008 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #22,19528,11661_3943884,00.html

    Bad news.

    But the man handles himself with so much dignity. He’s a complete inspiration.

  • timberhead toon

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Sorry a little off topic. But there are a few of us trying to organise a bus from Hull to the home games if we get enough numbers. We will organise pick up points on along the M62 & A1 once we have peoples location it will cost around £20 depending on numbers. If anyone is interested you can contact me at this address has been set up to just deal with this item. Thanks Lads

  • xfer

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Yeah HeronMag, I hope we win something for him, hes a legend.

  • daydeburt

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Wow at last some exciting news, searching through the internet all day for newcastle rumours, and stumbled onto this, According to reports in sweden, we have signed wonderkid Andereta Kilmonson age 22, hes apparantly been injured for a year and we signed him, with the clause when hes fit,hes on his way over here, according to what ive heard hes in the crowd tonight, here is a link of him on you tube demonstrating his skill for a commercial on swedish tv.

  • clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #26

    Andereta Kilmonson ive never heard of and miether had google or yahoo?
    this is just so you can get more views on your video STOP SPAMMING UP THE FORUMS FFS.

  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #27

    That Andereta Kilmonson is rubbish, and if he’s 22 I’m 222, the guy’s just about bald, if you are gonna promote yourself you could at least be half decent instead of embarrassing yourself in front of hundreds of Geordies……..

  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #28

    Can’t believe Ed has a filter on a popular north eastern word for poo that sounds like “right”
    “Howay” will be banned next…I’d better get the dictionary out for some proper english 🙂

  • tapir

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #29

    its so frustrated reading searching all around
    -Shorey nearer to Villa
    -Scumberland near to sign Cueallar
    and toon?
    oh yeah, the so Wise is still negotiating the Collocini deal for the past TWO WEEKS!!!

  • TerryMacsPerm

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #30

    Who? What a total load of turd

  • optomist

    Aug 7, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #31

    why was Sir Bobby ever sacked? Can someone answer me that?

  • furrygiblets

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #32

    sigh tapir seriously

  • toonfan1

    Aug 7, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #33

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