Guess Who Is 'Doubtful' For Man Utd Match?

Last updated : 16 August 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Kevin Keegan admitted the Premier League opener against Manchester United is likely to come soon for his striker.

The Magpies captain has not featured in any of the club's pre-season fixtures because of a calf problem ... and mumps.

Owen has returned to training but the 28-year-old is not ready.

Keegan: "Michael is back in training but I think to be honest Manchester United will come a bit early.

"It's no good trying to kid people. He just need a week in with the group doing all the things he needs to do and we're not going into that into him now so I think it's very, very doubtful.

"It would be crazy on our part to try and short cut it because it's Michael Owen. We treat him the same any player."