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24/09/2009 08:49

Papers: Return for Hargreaves

Hargreaves back with United
Owen Hargreaves made his return to Manchester United's training complex yesterday a year after knee surgery. The £18million England midfielder turned up at Carrington with the physios who have guided his rehab in the States. Hargreaves has been plagued by tendinitis for years and was sent to world-renowned surgeon Dr Richard Steadman at the start of last season. The team of physios will now work closely with the United medical staff as the player recovers. But boss Alex Ferguson will not rush him back to action and hopes to have him fit by late November.
Staff writer, The Sun

Most of the papers pick up on Danny Welbeck's Usain Bolt-style celebration after firing 10-man United in the Carling Cup fourth round. The Sun described the 18-year-old's one-two with Michael Owen for the goal as "dazzling".

The Times says that "United are becoming deeply concerned about Rio Ferdinand's persistent injury problems". They say he's missed 30 of the past 52 matches involving United and England.

Gary Neville thinks footballers deserve the wages they receive. People question players' loyalty, but Neville says: "Architects leave their business, caterers move restaurants - this is life. People want a better wage. Is there too much money in other businesses, like banking?" That said, Neville doesn't want to leave United. "There's no other place to go - I'm at the best club."

The Sun reports on Bryan Robson taking charge of the Thai national football team on a four-year deal, taking over from Peter Reid.

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