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Man Utd handed Owen injury boost

Michael Owen
Owen sits in the stands at Old Trafford after his substitution

Manchester United have been boosted by the news that striker Michael Owen's groin injury is not as bad as feared.

Owen, 29, limped out of Wednesday's 2-1 Champions League win over Wolfsburg after 20 minutes and was thought to be facing three weeks on the sidelines.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "We expect him to be available for the game against Bolton (on 17 October), he certainly won't be out for three weeks.

"It is understandable we wanted to take precautions given his past history."

Ferguson revealed Owen had complained about the problem in training earlier in the week but the striker had insisted he was fit to play.


"We are quite pleased and are quite comfortable with the situation," Ferguson added.

"He did miss training earlier this week so maybe we should have left him out. But he wanted to play and I wanted him to play. Thankfully it is not a big problem for us."

Owen, who signed for United on a free transfer from Newcastle in the summer, has been desperate to prove he can stay fit after injuries have hampered recent seasons.

And he was granted a rare start to prove himself in Wednesday's match at Old Trafford.

However, his contribution was minimal before he limped off to be replaced by Dimitar Berbatov.

Meanwhile, Ferguson has revealed that keeper Edwin van der Sar (broken finger) and right-back Rafael Da Silva (shoulder surgery) are both nudging towards full fitness.

But neither man is in contention to face Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday.

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see also
Man Utd 2-2 Sunderland
03 Oct 09 |  Premier League
Owen to return to full training
05 Oct 09 |  Man Utd
Man Utd 2-1 Wolfsburg
30 Sep 09 |  Europe
Wednesday football as it happened
30 Sep 09 |  Football
Champions League photos
30 Sep 09 |  Europe
Owen completes switch to Man Utd
03 Jul 09 |  Man Utd

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