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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2007, 11:55 GMT 12:55 UK
Newcastle rocked by Given injury
Newcastle keeper Shay Given
Keeper Given also suffered injury problems last season
Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given will miss the start of the Premier League season, which kicks off on Saturday.

The 31-year-old Republic of Ireland star limped out of the friendly against Sampdoria with a groin injury and was sent to a specialist in London.

Boss Sam Allardyce said: "He has been for a scan and it does not look serious, it's just a slight strain.

"At the moment we only expect him to be out for a couple of weeks but we won't take any risks."

Given is likely to miss the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Denmark on 22 August.

606: DEBATE

Newcastle begin the new campaign at Bolton on Saturday and Michael Owen is also set to miss that game.

Allardyce has revealed his "bitter disappointment" at the England striker's inability to take part in most of the club's pre-season friendlies.

A thigh injury picked up during shooting practice last month has left the 27-year-old on the sidelines.



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