22/12/2010 16:17, Report by Nick Coppack

Owen's fit and ready

Michael Owen has declared himself fit to feature in United’s festive fixtures.

The 31-year-old hasn’t played since injuring his hamstring in the Reds' 0-0 draw against Sunderland on 2 October but, in an exclusive chat with, revealed he’s ready to rediscover his scoring touch.

“I’m fit and I’ve been in full training for three-and-a-half weeks,” he said. “The hard bit now is getting back into the side, trying to force my way back into the squad. That’s not easy at Manchester United.”

Obviously not. After all, how many other clubs could afford to leave Owen, a Ballon d’Or winner and one of the best finishers in English football, out of their sides?

For United, though, it’s been business as usual in the striker's absence. In fact, since Owen's last appearance, Sir Alex’s men have scored 29 goals (including seven against Blackburn), with 11 different players finding the net.

Old Trafford’s bulging pool of talent may make Owen’s task of finding a way back into the team more difficult, but he concedes it’s also allowed him make a full recovery from his latest injury.

“There are that many quality players at United that you’re given as much time as you need to come back from injury. I injured my hamstring at the beginning of October, which kept me out for six weeks. Since then I’ve been able to train fully and work my way back up to full fitness - now I’m fit and hope to play a part in the games over Christmas.”


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