Saturday, February 6, 2010

Owen Hargreaves will be back soon


"Owen’s recovery is slow. It's been a year and a half now and I can't put a time on it. But he will be back; he could come back and make an impact in the league and hopefully he will," Sir Alex Ferguson



Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Owen Hargreaves will return to action this season despite leaving the midfielder out of his Champions League squad.

The boss opted to omit the 29-year-old from his 25-man squad for the latter stages of the competition knowing he would not be fit for the Reds’ last 16 tie with AC Milan.

“It would be nice to think we could get to the Champions League final and I could have Owen available. But we’re not in the final yet, we’ve got to beat AC Milan first and if I was to pick Owen then it would mean I'd have to leave another important player out and that player could be the one I need against Milan,” explained the Scot.

“The decision wasn’t about the latter part of the campaign, it was to do with the AC Milan game and Owen won’t be available for that. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions, but it's the correct one.”

Hargreaves had major knee surgery in November 2008 in a bid to cure a long-standing tendonitis problem and has been undergoing an extensive rehabilitation programme since. Sir Alex is convinced the England international will make a successful return this season and bolster the Reds’ bid for a fourth consecutive title.

“Owen’s recovery is slow. It's been a year and a half now and I can't put a time on it," admitted the boss. "But he will be back; he could come back and make an impact in the league and hopefully he will.

“There are more games in the league than there are in Europe and I don't need to register him for the league."

Source: manutd.com
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