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Owen injury setback for Man Utd

Striker suffers groin problem in Uefa Champions League match

Michael Owen in action for Manchester United

Michael Owen has suffered numerous injuries during his career

Michael Owen faces a spell on the sidelines after limping out of Manchester United's 2-0 win over Otelul Galati in the Uefa Champions League.

The former England striker was handed a rare start by United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday but lasted just 10 minutes before tweaking a thigh muscle.

Ferguson admitted he had sympathy for the injury-prone forward. "It's a blow for the lad," said the Scot. "He's done a thigh muscle and it's a complete freak.

"It's a tragedy, I feel for him. It's difficult to say how long-term it is, we'll have to assess him."

Owen has made only four appearances for United so far this term, scoring twice in the Carling Cup win at Leeds and then again in the same competition at Aldershot.

Key Points

  • Owen breaks down in Uefa Champions League match
  • Striker faces yet another spell on the sidelines
  • Manager Ferguson's dismay at "tragedy" for Owen