It looks like Michael Owen’s very first start for Newcastle this campaign will be in next Sunday’s first league game at Old Trafford.
Michael Owen – will get some match practice next week
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan spoke about Owen earlier today with the Evening Chronicle:
â€œMichaelâ€™s first game for us will be Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend.“
â€œHe will be fit, and he will be match fit, because weâ€™ll have a practice game between ourselves or against somebody.”
“But Valencia is two or three days too soon.â€
It’s not the best preparation in pre-season for Michael, but at least it will be the first time Michael has played in Newcastle’s first league game of the season, since he arrived three years ago from Real Madrid.
So we’ll take that – but it may (will) take Michael a few games to get his sharpness back, and if we have any other fit strikers available next Sunday, he’s likely be taken off after around an hour of play.
But we should be well ahead by then in any case.Â Â 😀
We do also expect Newcastle to sign another striker soon, with Smith on his way to Everton – if they can afford his wages – so we may sign one before the first game at Manchester United.
It’s not the best news about Michael – but we’ll take it because at least he’ll be physically fit for the game – if not match fit – and Michael is without doubt an important player for the club right now.