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.”