Light at the end of a long tunnel
It seems like decades ago since Michael Owen's words could be lip read at White Hart Lane on the final day of 2005 in a dire 2-0 defeat against Spurs.
"I think I've broke my foot" uttered Owen, after colliding with Paul Robinson.
He was right and he played just 29 more minutes for Newcastle las term before the World Cup horror show.
A shattered knee and the ÃÂ£17million man was out of it, possibly for the whole season.
But what's this?
A tiny bit of light at the end of a tunnel of darkness?
Owen started jogging a few weeks ago but is now running in a straight line.
And more importantly the ball is back on the menu for Owen.
Owen admitted to the Chronicle he has yet to smash one past Shay Given in training but you get the feeling his statement was more of a promise of what is to come.
Yet Owen is only side footing the ball at the minute so we can't get too carried away.
Looking at Owen you can tell he is twitching to get back out there, almost to the point of irritation each and every time he is asked about when will he be back.
If we are only six or seven weeks away from seeing the ex-Real Madrid man in a black and white shirt, let's hope the time goes quickly.
Let's be honest, we need him!
To see a video of Michael Owen talking about his latest situation go to www.chroniclelive.co.uk