Newcastle striker Michael Owen has gone to Germany for treatment to speed up his return from a thigh injury suffered in England's friendly win in Austria.
Owen goes off in the 1-0 win in Austria
Owen, 27, was replaced early in the game and Magpies boss Sam Allardyce is without the player for a lengthy spell.
"At the moment we do not see the point in changing our view that he will be out for between six and four weeks," Allardyce told his club's website.
"But, if we can get him back quicker it will be a big bonus for everyone."
Owen has failed to start on a consistent basis for Newcastle and his spell at the club has been blighted by injuries since a £16m move to St James' Park in August 2005.
He recently underwent surgery on a stomach injury in Germany and, although he returned sooner than predicted on that occasion, Allardyce is keen not to create too much expectation this time around.
"If we start talking about him coming back earlier there will be disappointment if he does not," said Allardyce.