Joe Kinnear is hoping that the relatively good news that Michael Owen will be back playing within a month, will help Newcastle to score those goals, and move up the Premier League table.
Michael Owen – could miss only two more games
There’s quite a few Newcastle fans think that if either Martins or Owen were in the team last Sunday against Sunderland, we could have captured all 3 points. But when you look at the game in the cool light of day, both sides had good cases for why they should have won the game.
A defeat would have been a complete disaster for Newcastle United, who haven’t had the double done on them in 42 years, so we are glad for small mercies. 😀
The good news on the injury front is that we have Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith all fit for Saturday’s vital trip to WBA, who were beaten 3-1 last night in their FA Cup replay at Burnley.
Add to that we also have Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands all itching for a start, and things look a lot better right now, even though we were disappointed at not getting more players through the door in the January transfer window.
If we cannot beat WBA, then alarm bells will go off again, but if we can get all 3 points there will be a huge sigh of relief on Tyneside from the ever faithful Newcastle fans.
We have to be wary of saying Michael will return quickly from his ankle injury, because he a slow healer, but there seems hope he could be back for the vital game at Bolton on March 1st.
And because we are out of both Cups this season (surprise, surprise), that means Michael will miss just two more games, which are this Saturday, 7th February 15:00 at West Brom and on Sunday 22nd February, 16:00 kick off, at home to Everton.
In fact there has to be a chance we can win both those games before we travel to Bolton, but we’ll not get our hopes up too high, and the next thing on the agenda for Newcastle is a win at WBA on Saturday afternoon.
It will be very interesting to see what team Joe puts out for that game, since for once, he is spoiled for choice.