Hold your horses, Michael! Pulis tells fit-again Owen he needs more time off before return
11:14 GMT, 13 December 2012
Michael Owen's hopes of receiving a welcome birthday present from Stoke manager Tony Pulis have been put on hold.
Owen declared himself 'raring to go' after coming through 70 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday in a bid to step up his fitness after struggling with groin and hamstring niggles.
Practice makes perfect: Michael Owen needs more training before his returns, according to Pulis
Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Everton to
the Britannia Stadium, there was the prospect of Owen making his first
appearance for Stoke since October 27, the last of his four substitute
outings since joining the club at the start of September.
But ahead of the former England striker’s 33rd birthday on Friday, Pulis says Owen still needs at least another week of fitness work and another reserve outing before he can be thrown into the first team.
Pulis said: 'Michael did smashing on Tuesday, came through 70 minutes, but he needs more work on the training ground, a bit more strength
'He needs another couple of weeks of full training, another game or two first before we chuck him back in.
'That’s because every time we’ve tried to get him in there he has broken
Raring to go: Owen is desperate to play again for Stoke