Owen Out, Jonas Doubtful, Barton Ready For Sunderland

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.

Comments always welcome.

24 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 22, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    C’mon Jonas, even injured you can skin ’em alive!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t know how long I will have to wait for it, but my dream team with the player we have would be:



  • Tom4Nufc

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Or if height is needed:




  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Brilliant news that Barton is back but Owen and Jonas is a definite blow. I say don’t risk Jonas at all, we can take the neanderthals whit out him. Let him heal properly.

    As for the future let’s buy Wolverine, The Terminator, Claire Bennet and Adam Monroe….then the injuries are done with.

  • Gooderz

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Why not Sylar? He could form a great partnership with Barton. And get Peter Petrelli in too. They could knick the abilities of Ronaldo, Gerrard, Messi etc.

  • Adam

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Can someone tell me why Xisco does not get a game – Is he no better than Shola / Carroll?

  • goochy23

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    toonking you geek!!!!

    funny tho…..

    wouldnt mind seein ranger involved in the 1st team more

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    They say it comes in three’s so if we look at the pesimistic side then Beye wont get his card recinded. Fingers crossed.

    I think Joey will feature, Ameobi is cetain upfront with Oba with Carroll as backup.

    If Jonas aint ready then lets not rush him back in. MO sicknote is working ot again.

    Roll on Saturday.

  • AshSays

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    You gotta love kinnear, i almost agree with everything this guy does.
    -he’s playing N’zogbia at the right position
    -he’s not playing Edgar who never looks confident in defense
    -he’s playing Ameobi who i believe is a good player who needs a bit of confidence, B.Robson also loved the lad

  • ToonKing

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Yeah, i do love my superheroes 😀 .

  • goochy23

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    yeah dont we all, cant wait 4 2nite now..

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  • simon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope jonas is available as I would like to see us utilise this formation against the unwashed







  • Kevin Nichol

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Adam…I can tell you why xisco does not get a game…

    A. Thus far he has been woefull; for whatever reason; be it needing time to adapt/settle, fitness/ confidence or dare i say it down to notn being good enough!

    B. Shola was tremendous on Mon night.

    C. He hasnt shown anything in training to suggest to JK he is better than shola or Carrol. If he had, with Joe being the character he has shown thus far, then the lad would be in on ability, attitude and desire alone, not reputation.

    Does this answer your question?

  • vic

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #14


  • jim

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Surely if the F.A overturn Beyes red card they are sayin it shouldnt have been a penalty therefore they should be deducted the goal as it was disallowed?making another decision to give us 2 points or maybe a compromise with 1 extra point?why not? they consider it for other teams-sheff utd/west ham saga etc-and Leeds were deducted 15 points were they not?this proves the F.A have the power and authority to do it-or are man city exempt from a deduction for some strange reason? i think it should apply-only if the F.A rule overturn the decision mind u-after all-no foul= no pen=no goal , and a change of scoreline!-its no use saying its too late because the match is over because thats hypocrytical to them changing anything then?i think the club should ask for a point deduction for man city and give us the win or at least the extra point in compensation!! Fwd this to the club someone! Ed!!

  • Nick 69

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    xisco has been sh*t for us thats why he doesnt get a game, shola has been a lot better than him the last few games.


  • Nick 69

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #17

    jim- thy wudnt do tht cos the penalty totally changed the course of the game and geered us up to come back and make it 2-1, without the penatly the game would have been completely different and therefore they couldnt even consider doing that

  • AshSays

    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #18

    Beye touched the ball first but that might still be considered as dangerous play, under which circunstances he should get a yellow card instead of a red. Thats what I think it will happen when they review the incident.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 22, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Ain’t it great to be back debating who plays where in the team? Even with Owen and Jonas out, we have choices again – and good ones.

    Hard to know who to leave out from Zog, Duff, Guthrie, Butt, Geremi and Barton (it’d be the yob if I was the boss, but there you go)

    Cannot wait for Saturday – I’m stuck down here in Devon, but there’s an enclave of Toon at the York pub in Exmouth which should be a cracking place to scream abuse at the dog-botherers…

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Who said Jonas is doubtful? Physioroom? They are wrong a lot of the time.

    I’d bet any money Jonas plays on saturday.


    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Good to have Jail Bird back.
    Jonas wont start but maybe the bench.
    Great to see some talent coming through with Ranger,hope he gets a chance soon.
    Whip ass on saturday lads

  • Bill F

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #22

    After seeing how Ramsi played for Arsenal, it makes me of the opinion that putting Ranger in from the start might be a good move. They won’t be expecting that.

  • Bill F

    Oct 22, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #23

    Oh and by the way I am not going to mention anything about the recurring injury saga of a certain player, it gets to be so irritating and depressing.

  • Toon

    Oct 22, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Jonas will play, he wanted to aganist man city and was fit and ready, joe just didnt want to risk him


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