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Michael Owen has this morning been ruled-out for the next four to five weeks, after he suffered a serious hamstring injury in training during the week. The 30-year-old was expected to return this week against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he may now miss the next 10 games…

Owen was touted to start on Tuesday, as United won 3-2 against Wolves in the Carling Cup. But the 30-year-old striker was no where to be seen at Old Trafford, and after the game it was discovered that Owen had picked-up an injury in training. That injury was to his hamstring, and it could keep him out of action for five weeks.

The former Liverpool striker has scored 3 goals in 7 games this season. Wayne Rooney, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov are all favoured above Owen, but with Rooney out – it was a clear opportunity for the 5ft 6in forward. Sir Alex Ferguson said that he may have to develop wingers Bébé and Gabby Obertan into strikers for a short period.

Meanwhile, Rooney has been ruled-out for up to four weeks – missing the Manchester derby, while Ryan Giggs will resume training on Monday after a hamstring strain.

“Michael Owen unfortunately picked up a hamstring injury in training. That’s disappointing for him and he’ll be out for four or five weeks. Ryan should start training on Monday, I think he’s progressed quite well now.” said Sir Alex.

“Owen Hargreaves is still recovering from a long-term injury.”
Sir Alex added. “He was making very good progress when he first came back, but it seems to have stalled a little bit and he is back with the physios now. But they’re the only injuries we have at the moment and we have quite a strong squad at the moment. We hope it stays that way.”



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