The bad news we heard last night is that captain Michael Owen, who is scheduled to return to full training tomorrow, may not make the Sunday game after all, because his groin is still said to be very tight.
Michael Owen – not fit – well what a big surprise!
It will be a terrible way for Owen to leave the Tyneside club, if he doesn’t play and Newcastle get relegated. But as we said earlier this week, it’s somehow appropriate.
He’s on the sidelines again, and this game is one of Newcastle’s most important game in their history. But sick note is injured again.
We’ve never taken to Owen, as you may have guessed, and have never been able to rely on him. He’s scored just 30 goals in 4 seasons on Tyneside, with each goal costing the Newcastle club £1.3M, and it looks like that amount will not be reduced on Sunday, because he will very likely not be fit.
A friend close to Michael said last night:
“He is struggling,’ said a friend. ‘It could be bad news. He is very distressed, because he so wants to play.”
There are a number of Newcastle players who have been injured this last week or two, which is a thing that has dogged the club for years, but nothing has been done to try to fix the problem, probably because it has given Newcastle managers a good excuse for under-performance, since the great Bobby Robbson left in 2004.
For Sunday Beye is already out, and Bassong and Barton of course have managed to get themselves suspended, so they miss the game too. Given those are three of our best players, it certainly doesn’t auger well for Sunday’s game, does it?
But we’ll just have to hope that some players with heart at Newcastle, we are told there are still one or two left, can play the game of their lives on Sunday, and save the proud Newcastle club from humiliation and disgrace – relegation.
Mark Viduka will need to take on extra responsibility for putting the ball in the net, because to win – the last time we checked – you still have to score at least one goal, and we’ve been unable to that in 5 of the 7 games Alan has been in charge.
This is not looking good right now, and it’s odds-on we will not survive after Sunday’s game. Those are the betting odds we are quoting, and in a recent poll on another sire, we saw that 66% thought Newcastle will be relegated on Sunday.
If that happens, expect a fierce attack on the Newcastle players, who have continued to let the Newcastle club and the faithful fans down this season – they should give their wages back.
Come to think of it, that would help our financial situation, since the Newcastle revenues will be cut by at least £50M next season in the Championship.
This terrible season could be lurching towards a disastrous ending.
But we will live in hope and prayer – as usual.