Manchester United striker Michael Owen has been ruled out of this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Crawley Town as a result of a groin injury.
The former England striker was expected to start for United to give him some much needed playing time ahead of the Premiership run in.
However manager Alex Ferguson confirmed that Owen suffered a slight groin injury during training and will not be risked for the game.
“Michael suffered a small injury during the week which will force him out tomorrow,” Ferguson stated.
On a happier note for the experienced striker, Ferguson believes that by not including Owen in Saturdays FA Cup, it will make him available for Wednesdays Champions League clash against Marseille.
“It is disappointing because I was going to play him but there is no point taking a risk and he could be available for the Marseille game on Wednesday,” Ferguson said.
Owen joined Manchester United from Newcastle two seasons ago, and has enjoyed a mixed time at United.
When fit and available the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker has been involved in every squad, and has popped with some important goals, most notably his winner against Manchester City last season.
However, the striker has not been offered a new contract by Manchester United, and with his current deal set to finish at the end of the season, his time may be coming to a close at Old Trafford.