Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce is weighing up whether to pitch-in Michael Owen for tonight's clash with Manchester City.

Allardyce has "not yet decided" whether to start the England striker but is desperate to get him back on the pitch.

He said: "We have had games where we have created a large number of chances and you have to wonder, if Michael had been there, we might have converted a higher proportion of our chances.

"His injury has been a massive disappointment. But he is now back and we can only hope that with no internationals coming up, and his training and fitness work (being) in-house, we can get him fit and scoring goals again."