Michael Owen seems fit again after completing a game last night for the reserves, against Newcastle Blue Star at Kingston Park, which they won 2-0.
Owen has missed the last few weeks with a slight injury he picked up in training but now says he is ready to go.
Let’s take a look at what Michael said following the game.
Michael Owen – will be in the squad for Aston Villa game
This is what he told the official Newcastle web-site: after the game
â€œI feel fine, it was only a small injury, a niggle.â€
â€œIt had me out for a couple of weeks but Iâ€™ve trained for the last four or five days and I was confident Iâ€™d be fine and it was good to get back out on the pitch.â€
â€œItâ€™s a little frustrating to have missed some of the pre-season games but Iâ€™ve been able to do all the running work.â€
This means Owen will be available for the first home game of the season against Aston Villa at St Jamesâ€™ Park on Saturday. This will be an important game that we really must win if we are to make St. James’ Park a fortress again. Shola Ameobi scored both goals last night in a game that saw a first appearance for Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa. Kieron Dyer, who recently saw a transfer to West Ham break down, also had a run out.
Now it will be interesting to see what team Big Sam picks for next Saturday against Villa. By his own admission, Sam says that Owen and Oba Martins are fighting for one striker position and it’s hard to see how Martins could be left out after his fabulous display against Bolton and his two goals. But when you have a squad with depth, these are the good problems a manager faces.
We think Michael will start on the bench and then be brought on at some point during the game. But it’s good to have Michael back and that probably also means he will be available to play for England later this month. But Michael needs to put his priority on getting games and goals in for Newcastle – and we’re sure he will.