Owen on course for pre-season

Manchester United striker Michael Owen is on course to make a full recovery from a hamstring injury in time for pre-season training.

The 30-year-old's first season at Old Trafford was ended by an injury picked up during February's Carling Cup Final victory over Aston Villa.

Owen scored nine goals in 31 appearances before surgery ended his campaign and is hoping to make more of an impact next term after hitting the ground running during pre-season training.

He explained:"The aim is to be doing everything with the lads on the first day of pre-season training.

"It was a shame to get the injury at Wembley. I thought it was a minor thing at first but it was obviously worse than that.

"But overall I was delighted with my first season at United. I was fit for 43 of the first 44 games."

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