Saturday, February 03, 2007

Back in the fold

Kieron Dyer's reward for finally getting fit, getting his head down (except for the rare-as-hen's-teeth header against Villa on Wednesday) and turning in a series of good performances for the club that pays his wages is an England call-up for next week's friendly match against Spain. It'll be interesting to see if he gets a run-out.

Captain Scott has also made the squad, as has another player with Toon connections who, like Dyer, has more than merely a passing acquaintance with the treatment table. Yes, Jonathan Woodgate's back. Just a shame that the displays that have won him that return have been for the Smoggies rather than us, eh?

Meanwhile, England and Newcastle striker Michael Owen (yes, journos, he does play for us too...) has conceded that he might not make a return to competitive action this season. Not a massive surprise - I'd rather he was totally fit before making his comeback, as in recent years we have a bad record of rushing players back only for them to break down again within a few games (see: K Dyer above).

Mickey has been fulsome in his praise of the way the club has looked after him during his lengthy rehabilitation period: "They've been fantastic right from the moment when I picked up my injury. They paid for the best and most expensive treatment by sending me to Colorado where I underwent two operations carried out by Dr Richard Steadman, who is a fantastic chap. I now have one-to-one physio every day with the guy who worked with team-mate Kieron Dyer when he was injured. I definitely benefit from the one-to-one stuff because it's good to have someone staring at you, pushing you through the pain barrier." I hope that means you'll be rewarding us with your loyalty, Michael, rather than saying thanks and jumping ship as soon as you're fit in the summer...


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