The 27-year-old striker has been included in the squad for Sunday´s Premier League clash with West Ham at St James´ Park six days after limping off with a tight groin during the 1-0 defeat at Derby. That may allay fears that the England frontman needs an operation to repair a hernia for now, with vital Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia coming up next month.
However, Magpies manager Sam Allardyce admits it is a situation which will have to be carefully managed to ensure Owen does not succumb once again, saying: "When anybody gets anything where there is a slight tightening, then it´s the beginning of a warning sign to say you need to make sure you find out what the problem is and then sort the problem out."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2007, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms