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Roeder: 'Owen's Poor Return'

The striker tore his knee ligaments during this summer's World Cup and will return to America next month for a second operation. Initial reports claimed that Owen would require a further six months to recuperate but, speaking on a Newcastle radio phone-in, Roeder admitted that he could not be sure that the 26-year-old would return at any stage during the forthcoming campaign.

Roeder: 'I don't know and I couldn't say whether he'll play again this season, we'll just have to wait and see. It goes without saying that Michael has an injury that's going to take a fair bit of time to repair and get better.

''If we put a date on it and I say we'll have Michael Owen back by next March and next March comes round and he isn't fit, it causes more problems than you would want.

'The fact is, if he doesn't play until towards the end of the season, for the number of games he's played and the amount of time he's been here, obviously it wouldn't have been a good return. But that isn't Michael's fault.'

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Date:Thursday August 17 2006

Time: 3:55PM

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17/08/2006 17:45:00

hes got alot to prove. and when hes ready, he will! just have to wait another season so see it. hes stil young. bring on Martins to cover him. whether he is 21 or 27 he aint old yet hes quick and scores goals!.so dont miss out on him Roeder! times running out so splash out before its too late. not the time of year to be tight! Good Luck For saturday! Cant wait
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17/08/2006 20:05:00

Even if he is back in training come February/March he will need time to recover some form, i believe this injury came as a result of rushing back for England, it is not just the injured area that needs to get built back up, instead of foot better, ready to play but his knee didn't agree.
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