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?