NEWCASTLE v Everton: Owen back for Magpies?

Last updated at 14:04 05 October 2007

Michael Owen could return to action for Newcastle against Everton on Sunday.

The 27-year-old trained with the rest of the squad today just a week after

undergoing hernia surgery in Germany to give himself a chance of making

England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Estonia and Russia later this month.

Magpies boss Sam Allardyce said: "Michael has done his first training session

with the lads this morning, and as long as there is no reaction from that

session, then we will look tomorrow morning and ask him how it is.

"If it is fine, he will join us again and he should be fit to be in the squad

for us on Sunday, so it is all good news for us from that point of view."

Owen will be joined in the squad by Brazilian defender Claudio Cacapa, who has

shaken off his own groin problem, but midfielder Joey Barton (metatarsal) will

have to wait despite his return to action for the reserves in midweek.

Damien Duff (ankle), Peter Ramage (knee) and Stephen Carr and Celestine

Babayaro (both hamstring) remain on the injured list.

Provisional squad: Given, Harper, N'Zogbia, Enrique, Rozehnal, Taylor, Cacapa, Faye, Edgar, Beye, Milner, Geremi, Butt, Smith, Pattison, Viduka, Martins, Ameobi, Owen.

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