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MICHAEL Owen has pencilled in Newcastle's April 22 clash with Chelsea as the target for his first appearance at St James' Park in more than 16 months.

 

And if Owen makes that home date, then comes through the Toon's final three Premiership games against Reading, Blackburn and Watford, he will get the go-ahead to make his England comeback in the June 6 World Cup qualifier in Estonia.

 

Owen has not played at St James' Park since a 1-0 win over Arsenal on December 5, 2005.

 

According to friends, if his return to full training keeps on track he will probably aim to make the bench for the clash with the champions in a live Sunday pay-per-view game.

 

The source said: "Michael doesn't want to go public with a definite date just in case something goes wrong. A minor setback like a hamstring strain or pull could change everything.

 

"Whoever the opponents, it will be a very special occasion for him to run out at again at St James' Park after such a long absence."

 

Chairman Freddy Shepherd admitted: "He has been a massive miss both for Newcastle and England. It seems like a long nightmare since he got injured in that clash with Paul Robinson at Spurs on New Year's Eve.

 

"Thankfully, at last there now seems to be light at the end of the tunnel."

 

Owen's impending return is welcome news for national boss Steve McClaren, who feared being without Owen in Tallinn if England's fourth top scorer of all time failed to play in the Premiership before the end of the season.

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And if Owen makes that home date, then comes through the Toon's final three Premiership games against Reading, Blackburn and Watford, he will get the go-ahead to make his England comeback in the June 6 World Cup qualifier in Estonia

 

Couldnt just target that game cos its about fucking time he started earning his money!

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Will be absolutely class to have him back. I'm not expecting much this season, but with a full pre-season behind him, fingers crossed he'll be flying in August!

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Will be absolutely class to have him back. I'm not expecting much this season, but with a full pre-season behind him, fingers crossed he'll be flying in August!

 

 

Aye back to Steadman with our luck!

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Should leave him out all season so the FA can pay his wages all summer.

 

Saying that he'll want to come back so he can play for England in the Euro 2008 qualifier.

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Should leave him out all season so the FA can pay his wages all summer.

 

Saying that he'll want to come back so he can play for England in the Euro 2008 qualifier.

 

 

And do his ankle in this time, no doubt. :lol:

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Why do people get such a hang up about the England thing?? It was the same carry on when Beckham and Rooney were injured tbh.

 

Not sure of Ritchie's source but if it's national press rather than regional then it's hardly surprising really is it? The rest of the country are only going to be interested when he's fit again to play for England.

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