News today that Manchester City will be without Martin Petrov for Monday’s game at Newcastle United, but three players could be back from injury for Newcastle United.
Jonas Gutierrez – will Monday come to early for Argentine?
The Bulgarian International sustained knee ligament damage on international duty.
However, it looks like Brazilian Robinho will be in City’s side although defender Pablo Zabaleta is also missing as he begins a three-match suspension. Pablo was sent off in the last game against Liverpool.
Newcastle of course will be without Captain Michael Owen, although Habib Beye (Achilles), Jonas Gutierrez (fractured collarbone) and Ob Martins (knee) are now available for selection. Only Jonas Gutierrez of the three may find the Monday game coming just a little early for him, and we suspect Joe Kinnear may not risk him.
Mark Viduka (Achilles) and Alan Smith (Achilles) are long term injuries and probably out until the end of the year.
The 28-year-old Owen will be fighting to be fit for the next game at Sunderland, where he was the match winner at St. James’ Park last season, with two first half goals in Newcastle’s easy 2-0 win. Owen strained his groin in training last Wednesday.
There is some news today, dubious as it may be, that Owen will sign for Manchester City for £5M in January, but the story has little credence. However, we have no idea what will happen to Owen, once the new owners take over before the end of this year – we suspect it will all depend on who the new permanent manager is.
Midfielder Joey Barton will finally complete his six-game FA ban, and is available and will probably play at Sunderland next Saturday, where he no doubt will be soundly booed by the Stadium of Light crowd.
But Newcastle’s injury list is slowly clearing up, at last, and we also expect Uruguayan Ignacio Gonzalez to recover within the next week from his Achilles tendon injury.
Newcastle (from): Given, Harper, Beye, Edgar, Enrique, N’Zogbia, Taylor, Coloccini, Cacapa, Bassong, Tozer, Butt, Guthrie, Geremi, Duff, Jonas, Doninger, Xisco, Ameobi, Donaldson, Ranger, Danquah.
Manchester City (from): Hart, Richards, Dunne, Ben Haim, Garrido, Ball, Wright-Phillips, Ireland, Kompany, Elano, Robinho, Jo, Schmeichel, Fernandes, Hamann, Evans, Sturridge, Etuhu, Glauber.