Toon And Celtic 'Crocks' Set To Lock Horns

Last updated : 26 July 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

Although I'm sure both sides have set a priority of finishing 90 minutes without an injury, we have two players going head-to-head who are just starting to rebuild their respective careers. 

John Kennedy is relishing the prospect of facing Michael Owen, and it is remarkable they will play at all after suffering serious knee injuries that in years gone by ended the careers of many.

Owen ruptured anterior cruciate knee ligaments during England's 2-2 draw with Sweden at last summer's World Cup, keeping him out of action until April this year.

Meanwhile, Kennedy's own injury was frightening. Four operations over a three-year period were required to rebuild the left knee which was shattered during his Scotland debut back in March 2004.

Kennedy: "It's always great to play against players like that.

"Most players enjoy going down to play against Premier League sides and they seem to have a very strong squad. It will be a tough game for us.

"Michael Owen did his cruciate as well but he has come back and is obviously back on track now.

"It's good to see him back. He's a world-class player, and has been for several years, and it was a shame for him when it happened.

"But I'm sure he will have no problems now and will be back to playing for Newcastle and England again."

"I was watching the game when it happened and I knew straightaway. You hear a pop and you know something has gone. I knew straightaway that it was serious and that something was wrong from his reaction.

"I felt sorry for him because I know what he has gone through and he will be more than happy to be back playing football again."