Good news today, although not unexpected, that Newcastle captain Michael Owen will play some part in Newcastle’s game at Hull City on Saturday.
Michael Owen – Newcastle captain fit again
And we know that Michael has now been in full training for 10 days, and he’s apparently been looking sharp in training.
But whether he will start on Saturday is still not decided yet, and we would expect Lovenkrands and Martins to start up front on Saturday.
Chris Hughton said today:
”It’s a massive lift. He is our club captain, he is a player with a wonderful goalscoring record and ability, so for everybody just to have him back on board, it gives us all a lift.”
”One thing we have continually said is what we wanted to do is have a stronger bench. A stronger bench means a stronger team and also competition for places.”
”That being the case, to have someone like Michael back involved in the squad is a lift for everybody.”
So Owen will play some part against the Tigers, and that will not be good news for Hull City fans.
Of course we know it will take Michael as few games to get his full sharpness back, but even when he’s just coming back, he can score a goal at any time, and it’s those opportunist goals that can win games for Newcastle, during the run-in.
”Michael will be involved. The decision on the team will be left until tomorrow, but Michael has had a good week and a half’s training under his belt.”
”He has trained very, very well and it is a massive bonus to have him back involved again.”
”That will be a decision we will make over the next day. It is about playing the right team against a good Hull side on the back of a big win for them, so that will be a decision which is made over the next day or so.”
”But the important thing is that we have got him back involved and he stays fit and helps us in these last 10 games of the season.”
It will be a big boost for everybody at Newcastle to have Michael back, and we wouldn’t put it past the lad to poke one in the back of the net tomorrow, whenever he comes on.
We now need our big guns to start firing up front – and quickly.