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.
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.