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Michael Owen suffers injury setback

Owen injury jinx strikes again as Stoke striker suffers setback

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UPDATED:

12:56 GMT, 4 December 2012

Stoke striker Michael Owen has suffered a fresh setback as he fights his way back to full fitness.

Owen has made four substitute appearances since signing for the Potters in September and last featured in the goalless draw with Sunderland on October 27.

The former England man has been sidelined with a hamstring injury and aggravated the problem during training.

Crocked: Stoke's Michael Owen is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem

Crocked: Stoke's Michael Owen is struggling to shake off a hamstring problem

Manager Tony Pulis, preparing his side to face Aston Villa on Saturday, said: 'Michael was doing some work in the gym and just felt his hamstring. I think it was just the cold.'

Owen, 32, had hoped to kick-start his career at the Britannia Stadium following his release from Manchester United in the summer.

Injuries hampered his progress during a three-year spell at Old Trafford and he suffered similar problems at previous club Newcastle.

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid forward Owen has 40 goals in 89 games for England. He won his last cap in 2008.

Free transfers available for Premier League clubs

Free and easy! Some of the players Liverpool could get on the cheap

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 3 September 2012

With the transfer window closed, that is the end of the signings for Barclays Premier League clubs, right Wrong.

They can still sign free agents and there are some tasty names on the list. Some of them have seen better days – well most of them – but many of them come with an international pedigree and are desperate for a chance to prove themselves.

That means there could be some decent pay-as-you-play deals. And even Liverpool might be able to sign someone. Lots of these names are familiar and come with trophy cabinets as big as their reputations.

Here Simon Jones and Sam Cunningham have produced the list of the best out there. They may be appearing at a club near you soon…

ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO (Italy) Age: 37 Caps: 91.
Biggest transfer: 19 years at Juventus, 513 games.
Released by: Juventus.

MICHAEL OWEN (England) Age 32, caps 89. Biggest transfer: 16m, Real Madrid to Newcastle 2005 Released by: Manchester United.

Freebies: Owen (left) and Del Piero (right) are both available

Freebies: Owen (left) and Del Piero (right) are both available

Freebies: Owen (left) and Del Piero (right) are both available

EMILE HESKEY (England) Age 34, caps 62.
Biggest transfer: 11m, Leicester to Liverpool 2000. Released by: Aston Villa.

HARRY KEWELL (Australia) Age 33, caps 58.
Biggest transfer: 5m, Leeds to Liverpool 2003.
Released by: Galatasaray.

IVAN KLASNIC (Croatia) Age 32, caps 41.
Biggest transfer: Three moves on a free, 78 games at Bolton. Released by: Bolton.

MIKAEL FORSSELL (Finland) Age 31, caps 81.
Biggest transfer: 3m, Chelsea to Birmingham 2005. Released by: Leeds.

TUNCAY (Turkey) Age 30, caps 80.
Biggest transfer: 5m, Middlesbrough to Stoke 2009. Released by: Wolfsburg.

NIGEL REO-COKER (England) Age 28, caps 0.
Biggest transfer: 7.5m, West Ham to Aston Villa 2007. Released by: Bolton.

Experienced: Nigel Reo-Coker

Experienced: Nigel Reo-Coker

OWEN HARGREAVES (England) Age 31, caps 42.
Biggest transfer: 17m, Bayern Munich to Man Utd 2007. Released by: Manchester City.

AKOS BUZSAKY (Hungary) Age 30, caps 20.
Biggest transfer: 500,000, Plymouth to QPR 2008. Released by: QPR.

JOHN MENSAH (Ghana) Age 29, caps 78.
Biggest transfer: Eight different clubs, 34 games at Sunderland. Released by: Lyon.

JASON KOUMAS (Wales) Age 32, caps 34
Biggest transfer: 5.3m, Cardiff to Wigan 2007
Released by: Wigan.

EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN (Iceland) Age 33, caps 67.
Biggest transfer: 8m, Chelsea to Barcelona 2006. Released by: AEK Athens.

JAMES BEATTIE (England) Age 34, caps 5.
Biggest transfer: 6m, Southampton to Everton 2005. Released by: Sheffield United.

Ice man: Gudjohnsen (left) has several years of Premier League football under his belt

Ice man: Gudjohnsen (left) has several years of Premier League football under his belt

FLORENT SINAMA PONGOLLE (France) Age 27, caps 1.
Biggest transfer: 8m, Recreativo to Atletico Madrid 2008. Released by: Sporting Lisbon.

CRAIG GORDON (Scotland) Age 29, caps 40.
Biggest transfer: 9m, Hearts to Sunderland 2007. Released by: Sunderland.

JAMES McFADDEN (Scotland) Age 29, caps 48.
Biggest transfer: 4.75m, Everton to Birmingham 2008. Released by: Everton.

THOMAS HITZLSPERGER (Germany) Age 30, caps 52. Biggest transfer: Seven clubs, 99 League games at Aston Villa. Released by: Wolfsburg.

ANDREAS HINKEL (Germany) Age 30, caps 21.
Biggest transfer: 1.9m, Seville to Celtic 2008.
Released by: Freiburg.

PER KROLDRUP (Denmark) Age 33, caps 33.
Biggest transfer: 5m, Udinese to Everton 2005.
Released by: Fiorentina.

Michael Owen latest: Liverpool not rushing to sign him

Liverpool in no hurry to pick up old boy Owen despite player sales

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 1 September 2012

Liverpool will not rush to sign former Kop hero Michael Owen before Tuesday’s 25-man Premier League squads are announced, despite a lack of firepower in Brendan Rodgers’s squad.

The out-of-contract Owen, 32, tweeted on Saturday: ‘Spoken to a few clubs. I expect something to happen early next week.’

Sunderland and West Ham are keen on the ex-England striker, but Liverpool do not want him despite failing to replace Andy Carroll.

Where now Michael Owen has yet to sign for a new club

Where now Michael Owen has yet to sign for a new club

Sunderland rival Stoke for Michael Owen

Sunderland rival Stoke for free agent Owen as striker's future remains undecided

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23:35 GMT, 31 August 2012

Sunderland are offering late competition to Stoke in the chase to sign Michael Owen.

The 32-year-old can sign outside of the window as a free agent and revealed on his Twitter account that he had been the subject of interest from two major European clubs but his preference is to stay in the Premier League.

Where now Michael Owen has yet to sign for a new club

Where now Michael Owen has yet to sign for a new club

Michael Owen – who will give him one more chance?

Who will be the team to give Owen one more chance in the Premier League

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07:09 GMT, 21 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Earlier this summer, an assistant manager of a low-ranking club in the Barclays Premier League was talking about his team’s need for a centre forward.

‘We have been tempted by Michael Owen,’ said the coach. ‘A fit Michael Owen would be a no-brainer on a free transfer. But there is no such thing as a fit Michael Owen any more, is there He’s just not worth the risk.’

Most managers in the top division clearly agree. Owen has been available all summer as a free agent after his release from Manchester United, but only Stoke City and Everton are known to have entertained the idea of taking on a player who is England’s fourth highest scorer with 40 goals from 89 games and is still only 32.

Red hot: Owen scores for United during their win over Aldershot Town last year

Red hot: Owen scores for United during their win over Aldershot Town last year

THE OWEN RECORD
Only England player to score in four tournaments — World Cups 1998 and 2002, Euros 2000 and 2004. Forty England goals and the most (26) in competitive games.In his season at Real Madrid, started only 15 Spanish league games — but 11 goals gave him the side’s best scoring ratio, one every 144.5min.Joint top scorer in Premier League in his first two full seasons — 1997 to 1999 — but never won the Golden Boot outright.Scored 158 goals in 297 games for Liverpool — averaging more than one every two games.

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Cause for concern: During recent seasons Owen's career has been blighted by injury

Injuries have impacted dreadfully on the recent years of Owen’s career. At United he broke down in training on several occasions. Cruelly, the lay-offs tended to be long ones.

If he believes he has suffered physically from a lack of competitive action at United, though, then he may have a point.

Two of his most notable achievements for Ferguson’s team were the winning goal in United’s 4-3 defeat of Manchester City on September 20, 2009, and a hat-trick in Wolfsburg in the Champions League on December 8 that year.

On both occasions Owen’s contributions were not deemed enough to earn him a starting place in the subsequent Barclays Premier League match. That seems as unfair now as it did at the time and it is instances like this that have convinced Owen it was the stop-start nature of his time at United that contributed to his body’s well-documented problems.

High point: Owen celebrates a late winner for United over rivals Manchester City

High point: Owen celebrates a late winner for United over rivals Manchester City

Certainly the quality of his finishing and indeed the sharpness of his mind would not appear to have diminished.

He scored only five Premier League goals in three seasons at Old Trafford but he contributed 17 in total. The dilemma facing managers such as Everton’s David Moyes, however, is that nobody will really know whether Owen is capable of playing a sustained period of games until he is given the opportunity to do so.

Even Premier League medicals —exhaustive as they are these days — help only so much.

For example, Owen Hargreaves’ examination at City a year ago identified him as healthy and ready to play. A year later, the former England midfielder was released after playing only one game.

Back to the beginning: Owen announced himself on the world stage with a goal against Argentina during the 1998 World Cup

Back to the beginning: Owen announced himself on the world stage with a goal against Argentina during the 1998 World Cup

Owen has no financial need to play football. He has earned well from the game and has an interest in horseracing that is also believed to be proving lucrative. The fact that he still desperately wants to play reflects well on him.

Despite his occasional frustrations with life at Old Trafford, Owen never complained in public or in private.

I interviewed him almost two years ago, the day after the young Mexican Javier Hernandez had served notice of his burgeoning talent for goalscoring by finding the net three times in as many days. Owen betrayed no hint of bitterness. He wouldn’t even admit to being a bit ‘wistful’.

On Twitter, Owen tends to be rather banal. He is not a footballer to ‘follow’ if you are seeking titillation.

This, however, should be received as a compliment. He is, in many ways, an old-fashioned footballer.

Those with a hint of romance in their hearts will hope that a Premier League manager decides to give Owen one last go.

It may be a while before we come across his kind again.

Michael Owen in talks with Everton

Former Liverpool and Man United striker Owen in talks with Everton

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 19 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Michael Owen is in advanced talks with Everton and is close to joining his boyhood idols on a free transfer.

The former Liverpool and England striker, 32, who has also been courted of late by Stoke, must still pass a stringent medical but it suits his wishes to stay in the north-west.

Close: Michael Owen is in talks with Everton

Close: Michael Owen is in talks with Everton

The deal could go through on Monday, ironically on the night his last club Manchester United visit Goodison Park.

The signing will be considered controversial in some quarters as Owen’s most prolific spell was with neighbours Liverpool.

Dorus de Vries: Wolves reject Liverpool"s 500,000 bid

Wolves reject Liverpool's 500k bid for goalkeeper De Vries

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UPDATED:

22:07 GMT, 8 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Wolves have rejected Liverpool’s bid of 500,000 for goalkeeper Dorus de Vries, 31. Wolves want 1million.

Trabzonspor have made an offer to Stoke target Michael Owen, 32.

And Stoke have been given a work permit for new 1.7m signing from Houston Dynamo Geoff Cameron, 27, and have completed a 3m deal for Wolves' Michael Kightly.

No go: Wolves have rejected a 500k bid from Liverpool for De Vries

No go: Wolves have rejected a 500k bid from Liverpool for De Vries

Owen Hargreaves trains with QPR

Free agent Hargreaves heads to QPR in bid to prove his fitness

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11:19 GMT, 28 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Owen Hargreaves has started training with Queens Park Rangers in a desperate bid to save his career.

The former England international has been plagued by injuries in recent years and is currently a free agent.

Crock: Owen Hargreaves has struggled with problems in recent years

Crock: Owen Hargreaves has struggled with problems in recent years

Hargreaves, 31, spent last season with Manchester City after signing on a free transfer from rival United.

But he played just four times for City after failing to prove his fitness after serious knee problems.

Although his appearance record is poor, Hargreaves is refusing to retire from the game.

Chance: Mark Hughes (right) has allowed Owen Hargreaves to train

Chance: Mark Hughes (right) has allowed Owen Hargreaves to train

And Rangers are happy to offer him help even though there is no hint of a deal at Loftus Road as it stands.

Boss Mark Hughes said: 'Owen is training with the group. There is no obligation for either party.

'He is keen to retain his fitness and we are more than happy to help him by allowing him to train with us and use our facility at Harlington.'

Everton pull out of bid to sign Michael Owen

Everton pull out of bid to sign former England striker Owen

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UPDATED:

23:05 GMT, 21 July 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Everton have ruled out a bid for the former Liverpool, Manchester United and England star Michael Owen.

The striker, 32, released by Sir Alex Ferguson this summer, fancies a top-flight club in the north-west.

The terms of Stoke’s pay-as-you-play offer are short of what his advisers want.

Looking for a club: Michael Owen is a free agent

Looking for a club: Michael Owen is a free agent

Michael Owen says he will retire if he can"t move to Premier League

I'll retire if I don't find the right club, says former England striker Owen

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08:54 GMT, 13 July 2012

Free agent: Owen is looking for a Premier League club

Free agent: Owen is looking for a Premier League club

Michael Owen has hinted that he will retire from football if he cannot secure a deal with a Premier League club.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker has been released by Manchester United and is hoping to find a top flight club to continue his career with.

And the 32-year-old revealed in a series of tweets that he would not be prepared to drop down into the Championship.

'If a good opportunity doesn’t come my way then so be it. At this stage of my career it has to be something that I’m going to enjoy doing,' he tweeted.

'Not being disrespectful when saying I wouldn’t play in The Championship. Always said I wouldn’t drop down the leagues like some have done.

'I know I can still bang them in at the top level. I proved that nearly every time I played for Manchester United. At 32, still got a few years in me.'

Stoke are the only Premier League club known to have expressed an interest in Owen, while the striker has also refused to rule out a move abroad.