Date: 30th January 2009 at 5:02pm
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As Sir Richard Attenborough might say, here`s Michael Owen and Joey Barton in their natural Newcastle habitat, the treatment room. Both players look set to see the close of Winter and start of Spring getting back rubs and scans with the physios.

In Owen`s case he can check out the Racing Post and do some nag fancying for a period of roughly six weeks whilst Barton`s challenge, should he accept it, is to avoid becoming bored and getting mischievous for the next two months.