United boss handed Owen boost

Owen suffered a groin strain in the Champions League win against Wolfsburg on Wednesday and it was expected he would be out of action for at least three weeks.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has now confirmed that he expects Owen to return to action for the clash with Bolton at Old Trafford on October 17.

“We expect him to be available for the next game, it certainly won’t be three weeks,” Ferguson said.

“We are quite pleased. Obviously it is understandable we wanted to take precautions given his past history but we are quite comfortable with the situation.

“He did miss training earlier this week so maybe we should have left him out. But he wanted to play and I wanted him to play. Thankfully it is not a big problem for us.”