Michael Owen feels ready for Stoke debut

Michael Owen has stated that he is ready to make his Stoke debut against Manchester City on Saturday, but it remains to seen whether the striker will feature in the game.

The veteran attacker was released by Manchester United at the tail-end of last season and has signed for the Britannia Stadium outfit.

Owen admits that he wants to make his bow for the Potters, despite not being 100% back to full fitness.

“I’m not sure what the manager has got in store,” Owen told reporters, published in Sky Sports.

“I feel as if I am fit enough to take part in a game. I’m not quite 100 per cent confident or happy in my general touch and different bits and bobs, but that will come.

“So we’ll see what the manager has got in mind, but I’d like to think I’ll improve as the weeks go on,” he stated.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has confessed that Owen is in better shape than what he thought the player would be after a lengthy lay-off, but has not decided as yet whether the new man will play.

“From what the lads say, he has come back a lot fitter than what we thought he would,” the coach commented.

“He needs a lot more work with the ball and being in small-sided games for his sharpness, but we are pleased with the way he has come back. It is too early to say yet,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight