Michael Owen Unlikely To Start On Monday Night

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.

Michael Owen – unlikely to start against 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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • adam

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    im shocked! owen unable to play a game for newcastle…

  • Zangwill

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Not use Butt, everything will be fine! 3 point no porblem then!

  • Tom

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    No point in rushing Owen back, let him get fully fit before he gets back on the bench again.

  • andyglostoon

    Nov 1, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    he’s saving himself for the transfer window.nobody wants a crocked player so watch him come back strong nearer january then adios

  • Sav

    Nov 1, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Owen has done nowt wrong. He’s been injured. ffs!

    If he left this shambles in January, who could blame him? Some fans expect loyalty without showing any.
    It was the club that tried to flog Owen in August and the owner can’t get it off his hands quick enough as long as he makes some kind of profit. At least Owen gives his best on the pitch. Good enough for me.

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 1, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    I think its good not to rsik him. bring him on for shola though not martins

  • Stami

    Nov 1, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    i thought our 1st half display against WBA WITHOUT Nicky Butt was reason enough to leave him out the team! im just saying that it was nice to have a game without conceeding a penalty or perfectly placed free kick! Butt has his uses, starting for the 1st team is not currently one of them!

  • neeraj

    Nov 1, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    surprise of the year!!!!!

    sorry, biggest surprise in 4 yrs

  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 2, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Politics in all sport, Glock takes his foot off the accelerator and loses 18 secs on the last lap to deliberately give Hamilton the F1 title !!


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