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Man Utd handed Hargreaves boost

Owen Hargreaves
Hargreaves last played for Manchester United in September 2008

Sir Alex Ferguson says Owen Hargreaves' comeback is going to plan following his return to Manchester United to continue his rehabilitation from knee injuries.

The 28-year-old midfielder, who has not played for a year, had been recovering in the United States after ground-breaking surgery to combat tendinitis.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said Hargreaves's development is going well.

"We'll probably get him into training in 10 days and he should be back at the start of November," said Fergsuon.

"We will take our time because the important thing is to get him playing to the right level.

"His physio has gone back to America so he is completely in our control now.

"The signs are good. There has been absolutely no reaction to the operations. It has been a long road for the boy but he made a sacrifice by staying in America for a year to make sure he was right.

"That shows a good determination to come back and do well."

Hargreaves had surgery on his right knee last November and on his left knee in January, with the procedures carried out under the guidance of Dr Richard Steadman.


The leading surgeon has previously operated on former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer, new United signing Michael Owen and ex-Red Devils forward Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is now at Real Madrid.

Hargreaves, who has only started 25 times for his club since a £17m move from Bayern Munich in July 2007, had been expected to rejoin the United squad in August, but was forced to delay his comeback. However, Ferguson is confident the England international will return in good shape as he continues his rehabilitation with the club.

"The difficult part will be to get him back into the football side," added the Scot.

"We are certain his fitness will be good and his endurance work will have been done but you don't have a player who has been out for over a year and suddenly throw him back into the fire right away."

Canadian-born Hargreaves last played for United in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on 21 September 2008.

His condition, patellar tendinitis, can be described as inflammation of the tendon that attaches the quadriceps (thigh muscle) to the tibia (shin bone).

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