Michael Owen will miss three weeks after limping out of tonight’s Champions League match with VfL Wolfsburg. The striker, forced out of the game with a groin injury after 17 minutes, started United’s 2 – 1 victory at Old Trafford. The former Liverpool player had missed training earlier this week having felt the same injury.
“Groin injuries are difficult to say. He could be out two or three weeks,” said United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after tonight’s win.
“His fitness levels are good so we shouldn’t need to worry too much about it. We will treat it as a normal groin injury.
“He felt his groin after training on Sunday and he trained a little bit on Monday but had a rest day on Tuesday and he thought he was fine.
Owen, who has fought a reputation for being injury prone after appearing in just 71 match for Newcastle in four years at the club, was desperate to make his first European start for the club.
However, the injury may offer Danny Welbeck or Federico Macheda an opportunity to feature against Sunderland next weekend.