Newcastle skipper Parker: Owen return has given everyone a lift

    Parker said: “It might be late in the season but it has given everyone a lift.

    “When you’ve a massive player like him in the squad, it gives everyone more confidence.

    “We’ve missed him a lot this season. I think Michael instils confidence in other players because of the ability he has.

    “Seeing him on the training field has given everyone a buzz. It makes things seem like they are looking up again for us.

    “There has been lots said about him while he has been out.

    “He is a Newcastle player and signed for Newcastle when I’m sure he could have gone to a lot of other places.

    “I don’t think there is any doubt Michael is committed to Newcastle.”