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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 March 2006, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
Owen tipped for World Cup return
Michael Owen
Owen has not rushed his latest comeback from injury
Newcastle caretaker boss Glenn Roeder has reassured England manager Sven Goran-Eriksson that Michael Owen will be ready for this summer's World Cup.

The striker has had minor surgery on his broken foot and he said he was confident of playing for Newcastle before the end of the season.

Roeder told the People: "He is looking forward to playing for us this season and then for England in the World Cup.

"There is no cause for concern for Mr Eriksson the surgery went really well."

The 26-year-old broke his metatarsal bone in December and had been pencilled in to return on 9 April, but that will now be pushed back.

England coach Eriksson faces a May 15 deadline to name his squad.

Roeder added: "I spoke to the surgeon and he said he is pleased he did it and he feels it was a complete success.

"The surgeon said it would not hold Michael back for more than three weeks and he is confident that he will play for Newcastle before the end of the season and for England in the World Cup."

Owen himself was hopeful of making a quick recovery from the injury after receiving the treatment.

"The specialists say everything is fine but to speed the process they need to tighten the screw they inserted when I had the operation," he told the club's website on Friday.

"It is a simple process and should ensure that I'm back playing for Newcastle before the end of the season."

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