It seems odds on that Joe Kinnear will appoint Nicky Butt as his stand-in captain for Michael Owen tonight, against Manchester City.
Nicky Butt – will captain Newcastle tonight
Joe Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Nicky Butt will probably be our captain tonight in the absence of Michael Owen.” “He is a true professional and a leader of men, with a vast amount of experience.”“Let’s not try and ignore the fact that these are difficult times for Newcastle United, and we need people like Nicky Butt to show an example.”
“This is something he always does and I will be banking on him doing it tonight.”
Michael Owen, Mark Viduka, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez and Ignacio Gonzalez are not available for selection tonight, because of their injuries.
Joey Barton will finally be available on Saturday after completing his six- match suspension, and he will turn out for the Newcastle Reserves side at Middlesbrough tomorrow night, to get some match practice. No doubt Joe will be watching him with Chris Hughton.
Of the injuries we have only Alan Smith and Mark Viduka are long term, so that’s some good news.