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Tuesday, 1 February, 2000, 19:48 GMT
Owen out until March

Michael Owen's season has been dogged by injury


Michael Owen's injury problems continued, when he was ruled out of action until the start of next month.

Owen, who visited a Harley Street doctor on Tuesday, has not trained for 10 days after damaging his hamstring against Middlesbrough on 22 January.

The injury is the latest in a series of setbacks for the England striker, who may now find his Euro 2000 place under pressure.


Owen limps off against Boro Owen limps off against Boro
In a statement, the Anfield club said: "Liverpool's medical and technical staff met on Tuesday afternoon to consider at length the extensive reports received from a number of specialists who have examined Michael Owen.

"Following that meeting, it has been decided that Michael will follow a specially formulated programme of activity designed to address the underlying causes of his hamstring problems.

"The programme will involve strengthening exercises for his lower back, stabilisation activities for his pelvis and work to improve both the strength and endurance of his hamstrings.

"Michael will be working at Liverpool's Melwood training complex during the period of this programme and is expected to be back playing again at the start of March."

Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has promised not to send the young striker back into action until he is completely fit.

Houillier left him behind when the team went to Malta for a training break last week and the club appears to be making contingency plans for a spell without their leading scorer.

Houllier watched Dutchman Erik Meijer and Jon Newby score for Liverpool reserves on Monday, prompting speculation that the two players could come into his plans for this weekend's clash.

Titi Camara returns from suspension, giving the Anfield boss the choice of Meijer, Vladmir Smicer, Danny Murphy or Newby to partner him.

Liverpool are understood to have given up trying to find a loan signing from abroad.
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