Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has revealed that striker Michael Owen is a 50/50 chance to be fit to face Sunderland in the North East derby at the Stadium of Light on October 25th.
England International Owen is suffering from a groin strain that will rule him out for up to 10 days, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid player due to miss the Premier League clash with Manchester City at St James Park on Monday.
However, Kinnear is hopeful that 28-year-old Owen could feature against Roy Keane’s Black Cats when he takes the Magpies there for the North East derby, with the Newcastle boss well aware of the goal threat Owen carries.
“He has sort of tweaked his groin in training,” Kinnear told Sky Sports.
“He had a scan and I would think we would be looking at between seven and 10 days.
“He won't be involved for the Man City match, but he would have a realistic chance, say 50/50 for the Sunderland game.
“It is a massive blow really, he is always liable to nick you a goal and we will miss that.”