Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has welcomed Nicky Butt and Michael Owen back to training this week – but Michael Owen only starts full training today, and will almost certainly not start against Aston Villa.
Kinnear would just love to have Michael involved on Monday night, but it’s looking increasingly likely the striker will be used as a substitute.
Butt, however, is expected to come back into full contention, after missing the West Brom game through a knee injury.
Joe said yesterday:
“Nicky has trained today following his ankle trouble and dead leg against Sunderland and we will see if there is a reaction today,”
“Michael will train tomorrow (Saturday), but it is hard to say if he will play against Aston Villa. But if he is okay, I’d like to get him involved.”
“I will see if he can play for 20-30 minutes, in that time he could get us a goal.”
We expect both to start on the bench against Aston Villa, which is another really vital game for us, but that assumes Michael has no reaction roday to his injury.
Anything but a defeat on Monday night would be a decent result for us, but we will still have to go after all 3 points.