Carroll Out, Owen And Enrique Doubtful for Sunday

After believing from what we were told yesterday that Michael Owen has no injury to his groin we are now told that it will be touch and go whether Owen and Jose Enrique will be fit for Villa Park on Sindbad. The really bad news is that Andy Carroll is out with ruptured ankle ligaments for six weeks.

Oh my.


Andy Carroll – out for 6 weeks

But should we worry about Owen?

Probably not as this lad, who gets paid gigantic wages has done nothing for the team this year in terms of goals. Let’s correct that, Michael Owen last scored for Newcastle way back in January, and has done nothing for the team, in terms of goals, when it’s mattered these last three months.

It somehow wouldn’t be surprising if the former Liverpool player missed our last game and we were relegated. That would just about sum up Owen at Newcastle – no impact for huge wages – and there’s something very wrong about all of this.

He’s been about the worst buy in Premier League history and he’s done nothing for his public image, by conveniently letting it be known he will take half the wages he receives at Newcastle, to stay in the top flight.

Translation – if Newcastle are relegated he will join some other Premier League club – screw Newcastle.  You could say we’ve lost all confidence in Owen at Newcastle – at least on this web site – and you’d be right.

In fact, we were worried more by Carroll’s absence this Sunday, than Owen playing, since we thought Andy could be a good impact substitute, but maybe Nile Ranger will get a chance. We’d actually prefer Nile Ranger to Ameobi.

Newcastle said yesterday the scan on Owen’s hamstring injury revealed no long-term damage, but the striker is not expected back in training until later this week. That may translate to Owen starting opn the bench for Sunday’s crucial trip to Aston Villa.

That woulkd be OK with us – he doesn’t even deserve to start – as long as Oba’s groin is OK.    Of course Oba has been taking his manager’s example, and playing through the pain, because it was so important for the club.

The better news this morning if that Jose Enrique is now back in training, but still not fully recovered from his hamstring injury.

The Newcastle club have got themselves into one terrible mess, and it will take a miracle for us to survive relegation on Sunday. Yes we can talk about beating Villa, but surely it was easier to beat Fulham at home, in front of 52,000 Geordies. And we couldn’t even get a point, which could be our downfall, as we will probably miss survival by just one point.

But that one point is the difference between going on to greater things or having to sele  all your players.

Gone are the days when you got relegated and the club could keep all their players, because since the Premier League started in 1992, the world-wide TV revenues  for the top clubs has grown huge.

Oh well, sometimes miracles happen, but usually just in Fairy Tales, and this Newcastle season has been anything but a Fairy Tale for anybody connected to the club.

It’s been an unmitigated disaster.

23 comments so far

  • simon376@work

    May 20, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Well I thought Owen had a great game against Boro. He only got one chance and had that on target, but he also got into areas and made space for others by having their players mark him.

    Yes he hasn’t scored anywhere near as many goals as we hoped, but he’s played to deep and our midfield who should be providing the ball to him have been shocking.

    I just hope if he does play some part on Sunday, somebody can give him a pass and he can put it away. 92 min to win it one nil would be nice. But like you said Ed, we can only dream and hope.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 20, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Morning Ed.

    I just read on the BBC sport banner that Ferdinand needs to prove fitness against Hull in order to play against Rome.

    I cant beleive that Fergie will only play Fletcher from his normal starting 11 choices against a battling Hull.

    The thought of 4pm on Sunday is making me VERY nervous.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 20, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Just found this on and cant beleive what I am reading:

    Duo go

    “It’s now been confirmed that no new contract offers have been made to reserve team players Mark Doninger and James Marwood, who both become free agents in June.

    In addition it’s understood that Jonny Godsmark has
    told that he can leave the club. ”

    They have always looked spot on to me when I have seen them play. Doninger especially.


  • darrowb1

    May 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #4

    It wouldnt be surpirsing ed if owen didnt play and the lads played their best performance of the year and we stay in the top flight becuase of our team and not owen

  • batty

    May 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    ED HARRISON ware aboot in the newcastle are you from m8

  • darrowb1

    May 20, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon gramaeme i bet that ronaldo may also get a runout so he can secure the golden boot award becuase he is currently tied with Anelka and the last thing man utd want in their dressing room is uproar becuase ronaldo wasnt allowed to get the golden boot

  • Toon Graeme

    May 20, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #7

    darrowb1 – I do hope this is all Manure talk is rubbish and fergie comes good in the end.

  • batty

    May 20, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #8

    darrowb1 never thought of that 1 m8

  • batty

    May 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon Graeme do u know ware ED is from m8

  • Ericles

    May 20, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Why let these young ones go? I think the powers that be in NUFC intend to destroy the very fabric of NUFC starting from the ground upwards. Is the devil marking us or something?

  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #11

    if carrol is out and owen doesnt make it , would anyone give Ranger a place on the bench?

  • Toon Graeme

    May 20, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #12

    batty – I think Wallsend – read on here but cant remember where.

  • Micky Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #13

    About the kids leaving. Do you not think in this situation that we can trust the people making the decisions? Money is doing a cracking job and if Shearer thought they would be of use to him, he would have stopped them from leaving.
    Perhaps they just aren’t good enough.
    Not everything that happens is part of a bigger conspiracy you know.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Not to dwell but do you think that Manure putting out a lesser know starting 11 might work in our favour as Hull wont be able to plan tactics pre match.

    I do think that Hull would easily out muscles a bunch of 18-20 year old kids mind you!

    Thats me done on that topic.

  • Toon Graeme

    May 20, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Heard a different version of the same statement for months – it has to be put into action now!,,10278~1662510,00.html

  • Rodzilla

    May 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Batty, Ed went to college in Heaton, there’s a brief biog on the home page.

  • Rodzilla

    May 20, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #17

    *school in Heaton

  • Macas35

    May 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Ed – Owen is going through a poor run in terms of scoring, but is that any reason to constantly attack the lad? It’s not like he hasn’t been trying, and as for you bigging up Martins, let’s not forget who pulled out of a game recently at 10:00 the same morning with an injury. It’s not Owen’s fault we paid a great deal of money for him and give him massive wages, thats Shepherd’s fault. The lad has been trying, give him a break. He may not be the player he was but he doesn’t deserve all this crap. Oh, and show me one quote where he has said he will accept half the wages to stay in the Prem next season. Its all made up rubbish, even though many of our players will be leaving if we do go down.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #19

    No huge blow except Enrique.

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Nile Ranger is much better than Ameobi

  • nufcc

    May 20, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #21

    spot on macas.

  • sohica17

    May 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #22

    give me viduka, martins, and ranger(since everyone is calling, show me what you’ve got)

  • Sav

    May 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #23

    Worst thing about losing Carroll is for his defensive displays.
    If we did get that goal ahead with 20 minutes to go, he’s the lad to sub Viduka for.

    As it is, we have to hope the Duke of Pork sees the stands peppered with scouts for mediterranean clubs with lucrative offers and gives one of his best ‘pre-September’ displays.


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