Kinnear ready to turn to Martins

Published Add your comment

Football News

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has revealed he is ready to throw Obafemi Martins into the deep end after Michael Owen's groin injury.

The out-of-favour England striker is out for seven to 10 days and will miss the match with Manchester City on Monday and possibly the Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland.

Now with Martins returning to fitness from a knee injury sustained against Tottenham in the Carling Cup, Kinnear is looking to the Nigerian for cover and said: "Oba's an option, and we've stepped up his training."

He added: "We were planning to keep him back but because this has happened he is in the first team squad, he did well on Wednesday and exceptionally well on Thursday as well.

"He hasn't needed any other further treatment on his knee so that's a good sign. He is in my mind to be involved in the match against Man City."

Other options for Kinnear in attack are Spanish striker Xisco, who scored for his country's under-21 side this week, while Shola Ameobi is also in the frame.

Speaking on the general mood in the camp Kinnear said: "Everything has been good since Everton (a 2-2 draw) we feel that we are on the up.

"People have been bright and bubbly even though we have had eight people away with their countries.

"We have been a bit thin on the ground. Nevertheless it has been enjoyable and people have been working extremely hard.

"We're hoping that all of the hard work we have put in, we will get a few players back for the Man City game. That's what we have been working hard on."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City
Michael Owen
Premier League
Obafemi Martins
Shola Ameobi

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again