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Owen will carry big weight for Newcastle

Striker Michael Owen will carry a huge weight for Newcastle as the club strives to remain in the Premier League.

The Magpies sit 16th on the table but are equal on points with Stoke who are sitting in the drop zone.

Assistant coach Chris Hughton says Owen will have to carry a big weight know he is back playing but believes the England international can deal with the pressure.

"I think when you look at your big players anywhere there are always expectations," he said.

"I think Michael accepts that - he is a big player. It comes with the territory.

"This is the moment you look at your big players and your big players around the changing room.

"This is when you want players available, and one problem we have had is that we haven't had enough players available for enough of the season - I'm talking about regular first-team players.

"I think there is always going to be a certain amount of fear involved at this stage of the season. But you have got to be confident you have got good enough characters and enough quality to come through that, and I'm very confident that we have."

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