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Owen eyes up return

By Neil Farrington, The Sunday Sun

 

Michael Owen could make a shock return to action for club AND country this season. The Sunday Sun understands the Newcastle striker is now hopeful of making a comeback from his knee injury in mid-April.

 

And that could mean Owen being available for the latter rounds of the UEFA Cup - if United get that far.

 

England would also benefit, with Owen likely to be in shape to be selected for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia on June 6.

 

There has been a widespread belief that the 26-year-old would not kick a ball until well into next summer after rupturing his cruciate ligament and suffering cartilage damage at the World Cup.

 

But Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder is refusing to rule out Owen playing first-term football this season.

 

And should the Magpies reach the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, there is hope that he may boost their bid to go all the way in the competition.

 

United's medical staff are closely monitoring the progress of Owen, who is doing daily rehab work at the club's training ground.

 

And Roeder said: "Everything is going the way they want it to go, he looks happy and he is working hard.

 

"If we got Michael Owen back on the pitch to play games at the end of the season, that would be a bonus for the club and for him."

 

Meanwhile, the Sunday Sun understands that no development in the takeover talks between Newcastle's board and the Belgravia Group is imminent.

 

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Very very unlikely imo

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