Joe Kinnear still holds out hope that both Michael Owen and Jonas Gutierrez will be fit for the game at Sunderland on Saturday.
Michael Owen – 40-60 chance for Saturday
Joe told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Tomorrow is D-day as far as Michael Owen and Jonas Gutierrez are concerned.” “I have to say that Michael is a big doubt and it is probably 60-40 against him being involved.”
“As far as Gutierrez is concerned, he has a bit better chance than Michael and I would say he is 50-50.” “However, we are prepared to give them both every chance.”
We have an important game against WBA on Tuesday night, so unless Michael is definitely ready for Saturday, he probably shouldn’t be risked, and there has to be a better chance for Jonas, but we’re surprised it’s still just 50-50, and we thought he would start on the bench.
It’s unfortunate Michael is not available because he is a big-game player, and the last time we played Sunderland he had the game won for us before half time, with two goals – a fabulous header from a superb Geremi right wing center, and a dodgy taken penalty.
It’s a little mysterious on Owen, because we were told after his second scan earlier in the week that it would be another 10 days before he is fit, but things must have improved since then.