Michael Owen is now a big doubt for Newcastle United’s game with Manchester City on Monday night at St. James’ Park.
Our in-form captain tweaked his groin in training yesterday, and the results of a scan should hopefully be available later today.
If the scan shows a tear then Michael could be out up to four weeks apparently.
Joe Kinnear told ChronicleLive today:
“He tweaked his groin in training so he is a big doubt.” “It’s 50-50 whether he plays for the Man City match.” “He is having a scan today.” “Then we will find out more, we are just assessing the situation.” “I am hoping it is not as bad as it looked when he first done it.”
“I am hoping it may have calmed down but we are worried that if the scan shows a tear then he could be out for a month.” “Hopefully it won’t be but we are in the dark until later on today.”
This is hardly good news and we should hear more about Michael’s injury today. Owen has played well this season and scored 5 goals already. The good news is that Oba Martins is coming back from injury, so he can go straight into the team if Michael is out.
But Newcastle also need to start picking up points so that our season is not over by the time the new owners come in later this year – hopefully be late November.
But this is exactly what we feared may happen with such a small squad, and it’s not like the Newcastle Board were not warned over the summer that our squad was just too small.