The Newcastle United captain Michael Owen will be out from seven to ten days after a scan revealed has has picked up a groin strain.
Owen is now definitely out of Monday’s game against Manchester City and is rated only 50-50 for next week’s derby clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
This is a massive blow to Joe Kinnear, the Newcastle manager, who said after the scan:
“He’s tweaked his groin, he’s had his scan this morning (Thursday) and I would think we’re looking at between seven and 10 days.”
“He won’t be involved in the Man City match but he has a realistic chance of the derby – about 50-50.”
“It’s a massive blow because he’s always liable to nick you a goal, and we’ll miss that, but having said that we have to kick it into touch and get on with things.”
“We have been working on players who are in contention to replace him, it’s a massive loss but these things happen.”
We’ll now most likely see Oba Martins starting the game on Monday night, alongside either Duff, Xisco or Ameobi. So there should still be some firepower than can help us win the game on Monday evening, in what is going to be such an important game for us.