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Manchester United hit by Michael Owen injury setback

Manchester United striker Michael Owen
Owen suffered a hamstring injury in the Carling Cup final in February

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has told BBC Radio 5 live he will be out of action "for a few weeks" because of a new hamstring injury.

The ex-Liverpool star has not played since being substituted in the goalless draw at Sunderland on 2 October.

Last week boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the 30-year-old was back in training and he had been expected to face Wolves in Tuesday's Carling Cup tie.

But Owen revealed he "suffered a different muscle injury" in training.

"It's not going great. I had a bit of a tight groin a while ago and I've trained for a week preparing for last night's game [3-2 Carling Cup win over Wolves] but then I had a setback," he told 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire.

"Unfortunately, that ruled me out for last night and will rule me out for a few weeks as well."

Owen, who has scored 40 goals in 89 England appearances, has been blighted by injuries in the latter part of his career but is determined to bounce back.

"I got injured in the cup final and then subsequently this season I was in the squad for the first 10 games or so," he added.

"But unfortunately because of a training ground injury the other day I'm going to be out for the next few weeks, which is disappointing.

"It's all part and parcel of football. Everyone gets injured. Hopefully, I can come back and be as strong as ever."

Owen joined United in July 2009 in a bid to resurrect an England career, which has stalled under coach Fabio Capello.

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But the 2001 European footballer of the year found starting chances limited, with 20 of his 31 appearances last season coming as substitute.

He scored the equaliser in the Carling Cup final in February before pulling up with a hamstring injury that ruled him out for the rest of the season and ended any hope of an England recall for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Since starting in the Community Shield match in August, Owen has made six appearances for United this season, scoring two goals in the Carling Cup victory over Scunthorpe in September before following up with a crucial late equaliser against Bolton four days later.

He was named in the starting line-up for the following match against Sunderland, only to be withdrawn at half-time.

Despite his setbacks at United, Owen insisted he is happier playing infrequently for a big club challenging for trophies than for a smaller team where he might get more opportunities.

"I've played in some of the biggest clubs in the world over my career and I've had not such a good time at certain clubs where I've been in the relegation zone struggling away," he stated.

"Training with top players every day, being among the elite players is what I enjoy doing more.

"And if that means not playing as much but playing in a good team with good players creating chances, then I'd prefer to do that than slog away every week and hardly get a touch of the ball."



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Man Utd 3-2 Wolves
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Sunderland 0-0 Man Utd
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Owen ruled out for rest of season
05 Mar 10 |  Man Utd


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