Owen back in action

LONDON ? Newcastle United striker Michael Owen could play for the first time since the 2006 World Cup in Monday's Premier League game at Reading.

Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder told the club's website today Owen, who damaged knee ligaments in England's group stage draw with Sweden last June, had a "definite chance" of facing the Royals.

"I will see how he trains over the next three days and if that goes well he will play on Monday," Roeder said.

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