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Sidelined Owen voices frustration
Michael Owen has spoken of his frustration at Manchester United. Owen, 30, missed the final two months of last season with an injury and has been overlooked since returning to fitness. Owen, who has played just 46 minutes this season, said: “You can only do your best, prepare and train well, so you’re ready when the manager calls on you. The most difficult thing is not playing for a couple of weeks, suddenly getting picked and being mentally and physically right to perform. Getting in the team is no easy feat – staying there is harder.”
David McDonnell, Daily Mirror
Sir Alex visited Antonio Valencia in hospital yesterday before the winger underwent surgery on a fracture to his tibia and fibula in his left ankle. The Daily Mail quotes Ecuador's national team doctor Patricio Maldonado saying: "We think he'll be out for five or six months".
Alan Smith suffered a similarly horrific injury in 2006 at Anfield for United. He tells The Sun: "It's a hard road back. But the thought of getting back on the field keeps you going. He's in good hands. United's medical team is excellent."
Richard Williams writes in The Guardian that Valencia's enforced absence "could have a profound effect on United's fortunes this season", while speculating that Park, Giggs, Obertan or Bebe may fill the void.
The Mirror says United are tracking 20-year-old Sporting Lisbon whizzkid Wilson Eduardo, currently on loan at newly-promoted Beira-Mar.
The Independent claims Roy Hodgson will rest Fernando Torres for their Europa League opener against Steaua Bucharest in preparation for Sunday's visit to Old Trafford. Meanwhile Rio Ferdinand believes he isn't assured a place in Sunday's starting line-up, despite a confident comeback against Rangers on Tuesday.