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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2007, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
Owen scores on return from injury
Newcastle striker Michael Owen
Owen has been missed by Newcastle and England
Michael Owen has made his comeback from injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Scottish side Gretna.

The striker has been out since rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament at the World Cup last summer.

Owen, 27, scored after 10 minutes before coming off an hour later in a game which also saw fellow forward Shola Ameobi make a return.

"We are all, including the medical staff, very happy with the way it went," said manager Glenn Roeder.

Owen could now be in line to face Chelsea on 22 April at St James' Park and his return will be a boost to England coach Steve McClaren.

606: DEBATE

England face a crucial Euro 2008 qualifier in June in Estonia and Owen will almost certainly play a part if he makes his Newcastle return this term.

But Roeder said: "I have to say that playing an 11-a-side match on the training ground is still a long way from playing Premiership football."



SEE ALSO
Roeder cool on strike duo return
08 Apr 07 |  Newcastle United
Newcastle warn England over Owen
26 Mar 07 |  Newcastle United


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