Michael Owen To Miss Just Two More Newcastle Games


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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44 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Play him… He won’t score and then injured…

    Owen = made of glass and brittle bones

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  • edwincjx

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • edwincjx

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    aww not 1st

    I say play owen and martins yet again… gotta use owen since hes got the highest salary in newcastle…

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    as long as his back for the spurs game to get the usual 6 points a season ill be happy

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  • Toon Chicken

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Great news this. The gloom is beginning to lift over Tyneside – some key players coming back from injury and a couple of excellent captures in the transfer window that will add strength to the squad.

    Despite what the whingers on here will tell you – we HAVE got a very good team when everyone is fit and they play with as much fight and spirit as any starting XI the so-called messiah sent out.

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  • Brettoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s true.. We do have some big players back soon.

    We just need more creativity in midfield..

    At the mo we got nothing and could have really done with a great attacking midfielder to help out the strikers and not just punt it up to them..

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  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Toon Chicken .. I thought you said you didn’t use this blog 🙂

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  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Good news about Owen though.

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  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Toon Chicken .. I answered you yesterday but you didn’t answer me.
    Are you still in Love with Ashley??

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  • Toon Chicken

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #10

    sweendog – how is it my fault you can’t read properly? Now run along and play with the traffic.

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  • lloydie780

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Don’t particularly want Owen back or starting better off with Carroll and Martins who are the most likely of all our strikers to still be here next season. You may argue Owen will score us goals etc. but at the end of the day he does nothing for 89minutes and then pops up with a goal when we are already 2 or 3 nill down. His goals aren’t really very meaningful goals. Where as Martins and Carroll are young, hungry and will work to get involved throughout the 90mins, Martins has pace, Carroll height, owen has neither jsut a good instinct.

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  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12

    play with traffic .. is that not the perrennial joke ..
    Why did the (toon)chicken cross the road.
    Answer
    To Kiss Ashleys butt.. 🙂

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  • Doocey

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Good news:)

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  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #14

    lloydie780 .. not sure about this as Owen is arguably our best striker .. right now we need him but definately get rid next season .. too injury prone and his wages are too high.
    Although we’ll see how Kinnears “tactics” are regarding Owen .. I’ve a feeling we’re going route one under Kinnear and ashley.

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  • WorriedToonViper

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #15

    Taking a leaf from KK’s book with brittle-bones playing just off front 2 [i]could[/i] help our sadly attacking-idea-shy midfield? For now as got nowt else!
    I know we’ew all in the same boat about lack of signings etc, but in the Toon (and match) on sunday had a great day and further strengthened love of being a Geordie!

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  • sweendog

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    WorriedToonViper .. agreed .. if we get that atmosphere against everton we should get a good result and pull away from relegation.

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  • lloydie780

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Yes i agree he is in terms of goalscoring but we need the team to actually be playing and in that repect i would say hima nd Viduka are the worst as they very rarely get involved in play or make constructive moves where Martins and Carroll would. Just a though though i do agree he is our best ‘finisher’

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  • Toon Chicken

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18

    llyodie – where were you last season when Owen’s goals kept us up?

    Weren’t they meaningful enough for you?

    I always thought the meaning of goals was to win football matches – you must be pretty deep for a football fan.

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  • ian

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #19

    Have to play him, like others have said he is our highest paid striker and we arent bothered if he can play next season or not.

    I think it is important that we only use Viduka for very short spells at the end of the game, either replace a midfielder with him and have him as an extra striker or bring him on to replace a tired striker, but only for the last 15 minutes no more better to have him play a few minutes in each game than three full games and then off again, if Owen has crocked again then Carroll and Martins, if Carroll and Martins is a better combination before Owen comes back then leave them on for the rest of the season and use Owen to turn a game.

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  • lloydie780

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Ian that makes sense to me, agree with that. Agreed Toon Chicken, goals do win you games but surely if Owen wasn’t there someone else would be scoring them or would be in a similair position as Owen to shoot or nab a goal. My problem with him, you see or hear nothing from him all game. He doesn’t even try to get involved really. Where as others do. We need battlers this season, to me he is not and is 90% resigned to leaving the club.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #21

    of course we have to play both owen and martins. generally speaking, your best players should always start adn in their right positions, owen and martins are our best strikers , regardless of being short arses. play them together – even with owen in the hole like kk did, that worked very well.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #22

    ameobi would be my last ever resort – he is pants.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    I doubt owen will put in to much effort. He will want to stay injury free for when he leaves for nothing in the summer. He wont want to jepardise another big payday. Will be a shame when he goes as you will have no quality players left after given went and shearer retired.shame.

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #24

    carroll over ameobi any day!

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    bennytoon……….couldnt give a shite about given leaving, i have always maintained that we play better as a unit with harper, the fact that given is a great stopper has never translated into getting the defenders working well as a unit. kk knew this too, our good run with kk was with harper in the sticks.

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    funny how people dont think given was as good as harper since he walked out on you. Which begs the question why didnt city sign harper?

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  • Stardust

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Im going to be controversial here and I will get slated, but i am hopeful of Lovenkrands – he has a great touch AND speed AND a good pass/cross.

    I know everyone loves Martins but I dont think theres room for him in a top team. Football today is about keeping possession, speed and movement – and when you lose the ball getting it back quickly with pressure on all players, a la Man U.

    Martins in my opinon simply hasnt got a touch, isnt a team player, gives the ball and possession away far too cheaply. Arsenal will never sign him for those very reasons.

    I do accept in our current squad people pin their hopes on him, but i dont see him as a long term answer far from it – I see him as a problem to be replaced – but we have a few other more important areas to address first I suppose.

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  • Mongo

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    Once he is back I would play the following team:

    ———————–Harper
    ————-Coloccini—–Bassong
    R. Taylor—————————–Enrique

    ————————Nolan
    Gutierrez—————————–Duff

    ————————Owen

    —————-Carroll——Martins

    Bench: T. Krul, S. Taylor, P. Lovenkrands, A. Smith, D. Edgar.

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  • valle

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Stardust… I have actually said that for a long time, even tho his touch has improved in the last year or so… This season, he is of immense importance tho, but in the future i would rather have a “Bellamy” type without all the problems ofc. Along with a Bendtner to win the headers and use his strenght.

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  • Stardust

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Yeah Valle – i think they need to get ahold of Carroll quick too – he wins a lot of headers but he has to learn that winning the header is only half the battle – he has to head the ball somewhere useful.

    I agree though that in our present circumstance Martins is important – he has good attributes, but I just dont see him as the long term answer for any top team

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  • Troy Stavers

    Feb 4, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #31

    woo hoo hoo hoo Stardust is now criticising players on the team who Ashley wasn’t responsible for buying.!!
    He criticises Martins and Carroll!!
    If anyone dares to criticise, Jonas or Colo he gans in a childish hissy fit.
    Jonas, the player who hasn’t crossed a ball for Martins or Carroll all season. Hasn’t contributed more than a goal all season despite being bought as an attacking winger.!
    Colo, who weekly gets caught flat footed and ends up chasing after the attacker like a long haired fool.

    This club, through Ashley’s buys are the most mediocre team we have had since we got in the premiership.

    Our midfield; not one is capable of getting into any of the top seven sides AND the two that we did have are now playing for them. Zog and Milner!!

    *Barton; never had a good game for us and is a liability both on and off the park. He gets booked off the ref as well as the police.
    *Guthrie; Liverpool reserve and a plodder at best.
    *Duff; We now know why Chelsea got shot. Cos he doesn’t shoot and cannit get past his man.
    *Jonas; Doesn’t shoot, doesn’t cross, works hard.
    *Nolan; Do you believe Bolton would have sold him for 4m if they really rated him. All the bolton blogs criticise him for his inept performances over the past 18months. They have fond memories of him playing well 3 years ago but won’t miss him as a footballer. That’s what they say and i’m sure they know more than us about him.
    *Geremi; Can’t even take a corner man. Absolute rubbish.
    *Whether Lovenkrands plays up front or on the wing, he can’t be that good when he requires a trial before we take him on. Schalke weren’t exactly breakin their necks to keep him.

    The best of it is tho, Stardust has him down as a class player with a great touch/passer/crosser.

    I know one thing, Stardust is a cross between a good crosser and having a good touch,
    HE’S A RIGHT TOSSER!!

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  • Stardust

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Stavers – some posts just arent worth responding to – thats one of them – full of so many half truths and lies its not worth it

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  • bennytoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #33

    Good post Troy !!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #34

    bennytoon // Feb 4, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    Good post Troy !!

    PUFF

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  • miloflembo

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Brettoon // Feb 4, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Play him… He won’t score and then injured…

    Owen = made of glass and brittle bones

    But words will never hurt him!

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #36

    troy stavers…………i am mega anti ashley mate as anyone will testify on here but your post is complete crap. barton and nolan will be very good in the middle, no question. jonas has no eye for goal at all and thats a problem but he makes up for it in work ethic and his non stop end to end all round performance. jonas made more crunching tackles all over the park on sunday than i can remember. nolan had a great game when you consider just three days before he was a very happy bolton player, then BAM, new club and of all games against sunderland. it can not be underestimanted how good a game he had bearing in mind all of this. taylor was a good deal with the zog too. all in all, we did not get any wow signings at all but we did sort alot of stuff out, we got rid of the two rotten apples in given and zogs, they wanted to go and were vocal about it too, theirtime had come and they had to go for the sake of the team and morale. so they went, we brought in two very good players in nolan and taylor nad in lovenkrands you should not think for a second cos he was a free that it means he is crap – 19 goals a season for a winger is good i think! Owen will be a free signing for someone in the summer………does that mean he must be crap too???
    then we sorted out the outstanding contracts for butt and harper. harper is number 1 now (which he would have been at any other club anyway) and we have krul as number 2. its important for krul to see he is making progress and has a future with us…now he can see that. all in all, when you consider that martins, viduka and smith are all now back too, its really not as doom and gloom as it was two weeks ago. i think we have a 50/50 chance of staying up. one thing is for sure though, now is not the time for arguing and falling out if we want to project a united front. i hate ashely and his band of merry men, newcastle is bigger though and we have to give it everything we have until the end of the season. once its all overi will be the first one calling for change once again……..i was going mad all last summer window and i will be doing it again this time too.

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  • WE ALL SING A BASSONG

    Feb 4, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Owen is a C**K he doesn’t get any respect from me and he doesnt deserve to wear a newcastle top

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #38

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  • craig s chisholm

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #39

    stupid statement………..without owens goals last season alone we’d alreadt be in the fizzy league.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 4, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #40

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