Owen And Barton Out With Long-Term Injuries Again

It’s just the latest in a long list of injuries that Michael Owen has sustained at Newcastle United, as it has been revealed that Owen has suffered a cracked bone in his ankle.


Michael Owen – out injured once again

That’s the latest we have on Michael’s injury right now, but Joey Barton will also be out with a foot injury.

We don’t know how long Owen will be out for but of course we also lost Joey Barton last night in the second half after Joey had pout in a good performance.

Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City didn’t help anybody associated with the club, and quite honestly the performance didn’t deserve any reward, but with clubs after our players we may actually have a smaller squad come next Tuesday than we had when we started the transfer window.

It’s supposed to be the other way around.

Captain Owen was forced off with an ankle injury after just 19 minutes, although we were already one goal down by then.

Joey Barton lasted just over an hour before succumbing to a foot problem, and had to come out of the game too.

Afterwards, beleaguered Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear said:

“Michael and Joey are now facing a spell on the sidelines.”

“Joey’s going to have a scan on his ankle as we’re not sure whether he has cracked it or not.”

“He said he felt something crack in his right ankle, so we’re going to check that out tomorrow.”

“Michael’s on crutches already for protection and he’s going to have a scan tomorrow.”

“That just leaves us with Andy Carroll. We’re missing Obafemi Martins and (Mark) Viduka.”

“There’s no chance of Viduka being back for the weekend and Martins is no more than an outside chance.”

It’s a little depressing to hear that Joey Barton will be out for a while again, because he’s played only bit pieces in the last two games since returning from his two months off with a knee innjury.

But it looks like injuries are again decimating the squad, as they did a couple of years ago when Glenn Roeder was at the helm.

That’s another reason we need a bigger squad, but a bigger squad means bigger wages and it looks like we are already too high in the wages we are paying our players.

But Michael Owen’s injury puts the word out again that Michael is just too injury prone for this modern game, as he’s one of the players who has been out injured the most, since he joined Newcastle in August of 2005.

He’ll be a good free signing for some club in the summer, but he’s cost Newcastle around £1.2M a goal, and it’s been a poor deal for the Tyneside club – that’s a certainty.

Injuries are killing the squad this season, and with the Newcastle squad starting off far too small to begin with, anybody would expect we are not doing well this season, and they’d be right.

Injuries are being used as the excuse by everybody, but it’s also because the squad is far too small and that’s the club’s fault.

We had hoped we’d correct that problem in January but what we’re hearing right now is that Given and N’Zogbia are likely to be out the door soon, and there’s just 4 days left in the window.

What are Dennis Wise and his people doing with their time?

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Ericles

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Again? Time to find Owen another club treatment room.

  • LJA0210

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    the stark contrast was the reaction of both injured players while owen RAN!!! off the pitch barton limped down the tunnel chucking his boot in frustration at least joey wants to play for us while 18-19 other players just dont. how can owen run off the pitch with a broken ankle he just doesnt fancy it any more

  • TheToonKing

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #3

    It gets worse every day…………..it is really unreal the situation were in…….

    I fear what tomorrow might bring….St James Park burned down maybe ??

  • David Craig

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Good morning

    Transfers will be confirmed today both incoming and outgoing.

  • obamagic

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #5

    we can only hope the club announces some new signings today…. either veloso, m’bia or donadel will boost some morale…and hopefully they tie up that ebondo deal….and push for a saviola or robbie keane loan deal….but please just sign someone.

  • ronaldeano

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Does anyone think we will sign ANYONE in the next few days?

    If we dont, we are down

    Ive never see anything like it before in my life with any club. We are jinxed on the injury side of things, and we have a totaly incompetant board and owner

    What has happend to our great club 🙁

  • Toon Sweden77

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #7

    The recrutiment team must work their asses of right now couse if they fail to sign at least 4 players were doomed! Come on Ashley do something before you destroy the Club totaly!!!

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #8

    We are the 1st team in higher injuries rate in the English Premier League.

    Happy!!? Wise and Ashley! What did you do as you saw! Please think about it!

  • rowntree1987

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #9

    wat transfers david craig oveasly shay will be going what sort of a deal is that

  • leekirtley

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #10

    if ashley has a clue he has to announce 2 signings toaday to lift morale . . . if there not announced toaday i dont think we will be getting anyone incept a few duds on monday night, really disapointed last night i didnt expect a win, we just had not quality on the pitch last night no flair no creativity, even when everyone is fit we dont have a good team, anyone who thinks if the squad was fit wed be a good team if fooling themselves, bottom line is we need signins and we need them 2day

  • TheToonKing

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    We won’t get anybody in lads……at least anybody with quality….we might go for a few fringe players in the dying seconds but nothing that will improve us substantially.

  • Chizzy_Toon

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12

    @ David Craig – you have been coming on here for weeks now saying players will be signed today, tomorrow. And that certain players will be leaving/ Never playing for the club again.

    And how many of these have come true?? errmm none.

    Let me guess… Given to go today, Zoggy to be gone today. But on the incoming front, all of a sudden your Mystic Meg abilities fade…. Sorry but i wont believe it until i see it myself.

  • Doocey

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Hope you’re right david craig. Will we have a decent squad heading into sunday?

  • leekirtley

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #14

    and edd in the last article about ashley not been welcome, that was just such a stuipid thing to say, what a great way to make him want to spend his own money on a club where he isnt welcome, at the end of the day ashley haters he owns the club you cant do anything about it he hasnt picked the team, yeh he hasnt bought the sort of players we expected but F**k**G hell jfk picked gerimi last night when lua lua was on the bench, someone who dien to prove himself to everyone, jfk is worse than fat sam for his squad choices.

  • leekirtley

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #15

    david craig you are a little bell cheese

  • leekirtley

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #16

    same goes for you waddels mullet youre a little sausage waffler aswell

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #17

    I think a Hong Kong team can defeat today’s Newcastle United now.!! Wake up ! Where is my great team? Please! When you to fight something, you must need supports. No matter how, Newcastle has many fans over in the world, hard working player, it never get the support from the manager,director. They have no any reaction for the the squad when some good players left. It really reallty makes me disappointed many many times in these few years. I hope I will see the Newcastle back. Sorry about this.

  • Cookerman

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #18

    wonder if owens contract is still on the table? he might sign it now

  • Raffo

    Jan 29, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #19

    looks like owens going to get his wish and stay till the end of the season now. wouldve been nice to have got a small fee for him.

    I hope a proven striker is on the list now. At least Smudger may get to play up front on sunday? Id love to see his fight and passion in THE game of the season. We need a BIG win to start the fightback.

    I still have faith and until it is mathematically impossible I will not give up hope, I just hope some of you have had time to digest last nights result and think the same. Some results went for us last night and there are also a few relegation 6 pointers at the weekend so all is not lost yet.

    c’mon for f sake we have to fight and believe and support the team, if we dont then how on earth can we expect the team too?

    Sermon over


  • rowntree1987

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #20

    well my m8s brother plays for the NUFC reserves and appently he says given will be defo leaving for man city today

  • leekirtley

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #21

    owen can go to hell for me like end his contract, owen fans say what you want but hes just a waste of 3 good players wages

  • Chizzy_Toon

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Cookerman – You can almost guarantee it.

  • Ericles

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Another 8 weeks on the sidelines for Owen. That means he will not play until about March 21st. It means he may get in a further 6 games before he walks away on a free. Should have transfer listed him when window opened. He would have been injured playing for Villa then!

  • Shanghaitoon

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    I stayed up until 5am last night and watvched the whole sorry thing to the bitter end… What chance did we have when Man C had at least 18 players on the pitch..? Half our team passed the ball to Man C so often I was thinking they had the wrong shirt on. add the ref who really should have brought his dog on the pitch as he didn’t see a thing? Barton, by a long way the only player who deserved to wear that shirt last night.

    The first half I actually think it was a pub team. Our bus was delayed and we had to put the local pub lads on until our team bus arrived…

    Who to blame?? Joe put the players on there but lets face it, they’re all earning sh1t loads of cash, more in 1 week than most of get in a year, or even 2 yrs. They were shocking and a disgrace. If I performed that badly in my job, I’d be sacked immediately with no golden handshake to go with it. when Lovenkrands came on, i think i heard his name mentioned just once… not good!!

    What can we do … ? Nothing… Just hang our heads in shame for last night, then pick ourselves up, shake it off and gat back to supporting the team, as Geordies, thats what we do… Its all we can do!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #25

    @ David Craig – with repect – dont start today mate.

    Mo didnt even look like he was there last night.

    Barton is the biggest loss with Guthrie also.

    Least Ashley was there to see what a shower of sh*t we were.

    Having said that we were better in the second half and Man Citey didnt really threat if you look at it that way.

    I posted earlier saying I have been on NUFCtv and bar Oba we dont really shoot on goal. Its always wing passes and header and knock ins or poacher goals (mo). Our shot ratio last night was 2 and one goal and the other off target. For christ sake – shoot at bloody goal.

    This is ridiculous with our injuries. Im am sure JFK said Oba will be back for Mackems. SO what happened on the training pitch to him, Zog and Given (coughs) – if what you read is true.

    One thing is for sure and as much a gob sh*te he is – Zog’s pace was missing last night. Duff improved the second half threat.

    Is Jonas out of Sunday and I heard its west brom. Is it not an immediate next game ban for 5 yellows?

    Least we have Butt & Smith.

    Please no Geremi and for god sake – please practise set pieces. Again we are rubbish at set pieces.

    MA / Wise & Llambiarse need to wake up this morning and get us players in. That is the bottom line. THE VERY BOTTOM LINE.

    JFK is gonna have to at some point sort his tactics and subs out. He was gonna take Carroll off, but changed his mind. Why put young fresh legs on on the 90th min. Rubbish.

    Its a bitter pill to swallow – but I cant see a win on Sunday unless something happens.

    Loven was in lovely position to score but Duff fluffed the pass.

    Hard to see Loven last night whilst watching on line. I cant bring myself to watch Football first which I recorded last night.

    No signings by Mackem match and there will be murders on.

  • Kash

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #26

    Can you shed any more light David Craig?

    If this isn’t the sign that we are carrying Owen, I don’t know what is. Let him go on a free to whoever wants him!!! Sell Geremi, Zogs, Cacapa and let Duff and Viduka go on a free!!! That will take the strain off the wage budget and then sign a shed load of players.

    It’s obvious we now need LB, RB, DM, CM, AM, RM, ST. And thats just to add to the squad. If we sell the players I’ve mentioned, then we’ll need another RM, LM, and ST!

  • Kash

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #27

    What can Lovenkrads do, if we don’t have nay supply?

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #28

    Kash – exactly.

    It not just the supply – its the fact that we dont seem to shoot at goal.

    Please say someone thinks the same.

  • Brettoon

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #29

    4 days left and we don’t even have a hope.

    I don’t even know what to say anymore.. It just gets so dissapointing. We used to compete and sign players.

    For 2/3 seasons, the only real money we’ve spent is Colo and he really isn’t all that.

    Just so sad how all of this has happened.

    We need so many players and we’re not gonna get any.

    Braddan Inham on the bench… Seriously!!

  • clinta

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #30

    toon king- st james’s in ashes, that’d be great least we wouldn’t have to watch the mackems stuff us there on the weekend.

    but when they do, there’s a real good chance your prediction will come true i’m thinking,

  • Nick D

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #31

    To all the people who said we must keep Owen and Barton at all costs.

    These 2 have 2 of the worst injury records and absenteeism of any current footballers. Once again we are going to have to pick up the tab at enormous cost for these ”sicknotes”. When will people ever learn about these 2 ?

    1) Owen – heart has never been in it. Appallingly unmotivating captain whose next injury was always round the corner.

    2) Barton – if you are prepared to overlook all his other crap, the guy has an awful injury / absentee (incarceration) record – probably lifestyle induced, like a certain Mr Dyer.

    I couldn’t see clearly on the highlights, but was it Taylor who gave Bellamy half an hour to turn?
    No change there then.

    The Ashley protest has left us with the worst manager in living memory. God help us all.

  • Nick D

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #32

    What we need more than anything is a good manager

    1) play good passing football
    2) develop youth players
    3) have good contacts
    4) be younger, not a 62 year old no mark dinosaur
    5) Foreign
    6) Tried and trusted at lower league level.
    7) Don’t need big money to spend

    2 names jump right off the page. Roberto Martinez and Roberto di Matteo.

  • sahota

    Jan 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #33

    I think we are now in trouble. Every fan is worried but not sure whats going on in Mike’s mind. We are also unlucky with injuries. But even then, I think Joe should find a good strong stick and then teach lesson to more than half of our team who don’t want to play. Don’t GEREMI , Coloccini and others need a stick. Why the HELL they don’t play good even after getting huge wages. It was very frustrating just watching our players giving ball to Man City . Hardly other than Barton was willing to play. Everybody was afraid of ball in first half. Its not good…Even if we buy 2 players, our existing players need to pick up and show some courage and then play for the shirt they wear. Or atleast show they are worth the money they get. See GEREMI any child can kick a ball like that, he was crossing into D of Man City like he need to put ball on top of Eiffel Tower. Com’on just get a stick in ya **** and go away.. We need players who wants to play not the players who don’t want ball.. I pray OH GOD ! Somehow we survive this season.

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #34

    We should tear up the contract offer for Owen as he took the gamble and now that he is crocked I cant imagine a decent team coming after him. Any future offer should be on much less wages as he may be good when he is fit but as he has now proved you’ll never get more than a month out of him at a time.

  • Shiftay

    Jan 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #35

    owen – 115k a week
    Viduka – 60k a week
    Smith – 60k a week
    Duff – 60k a week
    Geremi – 45k a week
    Barton – 50k a week
    Coloccini – 60k a week

    total: 450k a week, 1.2mil a month, 21.6mil a year.

    look at this objectively, they said at the start of the season the premier league was worth 60mil to hull city, so we stand to lose at the very least that amount if we get relegated every year.

    the above players would all leave, that means we’d be at negative 40mil a season – more than those players mentioned would also leave.

    if you ask me, relegation would see newcastle announce a profit for the first season in years!

    Fact is, we pay ridiculous fees for crap players then winge when they dont perform or get injured.

    Coloccini has been so bad recently its embarassing, barton is never fit, same goes for owen and viduka.

    Smith shouldn’t be in the squad for both reasons! never fit to play and is the only striker i know who cant score!

  • Midlandmagpie

    Jan 30, 2009 at 2:48 AM

    Comment #36



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