Michael Owen has had a second scan on his groin injury, and unfortunately it looks like Saturday’s match will come too soon for his involvement. 🙁
Michael Owen – out another 10 days again
Kinnear talked today about Michael playing on Saturday:
“He’s got no chance.”
It’s juts a pity we couldn’t have sent Michael tot the Munich clinic of Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck last week. Muschaweck is an expert on groin injuries and hernias and surely would have had Michael fixed up by now. But it now looks like Michael will also miss our next home game next Tuesday night against WBA, so that’s 3 games he will have missed.
Habib Beye is suspended for the Sunderland game after his dismissal against Manchester City on Monday night, unless his appeal is upheld at the FA hearing on the sending off tomorrow.
It appears that Jonas Gutierrez is not as certain to play on Saturday as we first thought and is currently listed as doubtful. Kinnear is even thinking of drafting in Joey Barton who played 80 minutes for the Reserves last night, in a game that young strikers Ranger and Carroll were outstanding, and both scored in the 4-1 win.
Kinnear talked today about Barton:
“He’s in the frame, that’s for sure,” “His fitness level is good and what has happened in the past with the lad is over and done with,” “I am only here to assess his ability as a player and he’s a good player, he really is.”
“I’ll have a one-to-one with him, that’s if I get a word in with him, because he’s a typical Scouser isn’t he? Obviously, I have spoken to him about the importance of staying on the pitch for the Sunderland match because he trains as he plays, believe it or not.”
“He’s got a big heart and is a good character. And on top of that he can play.”
Barton himself made his own case for playing today and said:
“I am ready for action. Physically I am fine and I can’t wait to get going and get playing for Newcastle again.”
“It is good to blow away the cobwebs because sometimes when you come back you feel a but sluggish, but I hope I am back in the frame now.”
Kinnear has been impressed with Joey Barton’s attitude so far, but the Sunderland game may call for some caution, but that’s another decision for Joe to make for Saturday’s important game, where we again must go for all 3 points. A win under our belts will do as a power of good, especially against Sunderland away.
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