- Manchester United News
- News Archive
- League Table
- Premier League News
Manchester United's Owen Hargreaves set to return on November 4 after knee surgery
Published : 11 Sep 2009 12:09:56
The 28-year-old midfielder, whose return to fitness is being closely monitored by England manager Fabio Capello, is due to return to Old Trafford on Sept 23 after spending recent months undergoing rehabilitation at the clinic of renowned knee surgeon Richard Steadman in Vail, Colorado. Hargreaves has yet to progress to football training and sources close to player believe that a definitive schedule for his competitive comeback cannot be finalised until he tested his recovery on the training pitch. Related Articles * Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United: match preview * Carlos Tevez injury blow * Manchester United ponder Diouf recall * Ferguson backs United recruitment policy * Rio Ferdinand to make return against Spurs * Fifa: no United complaint United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has chosen to select the former Bayern Munich player in his Champions League squad, however, after studying medical assessments of Hargreaves' fitness. And Ferguson admits that he is hopeful of seeing Hargreaves back in action, for the first time since his outing at Chelsea on Sept 21 last year, from early November. Ferguson said: "With the Champions League squad, we wondered what we should do about Owen Hargreaves and whether we should put him or Zoran Tosic in the 25-man squad. "It was a dilemma, but we came down on the side of Hargreaves because, having taken the medical advice, we think he will be available for the last three Champions League games. "That will be the time when we want to push him back into action. He is such a versatile player, a man who can play in so many positions, that he could be a very important player for us at that time of the season. That's the reason he is in." United face perhaps their sternest test of the season so far on Saturday when they face unbeaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp's team have a 100 per cent record so far this term and Ferguson believes that Spurs are showing signs of being able to challenge for a top four finish. He said: "I think they can. Getting a good start is always important for a team that is rising and they have had a fantastic start to the season. "Harry has brought in a few of his own types of players â€“ players he is familiar with â€“ like Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and now Niko Kranjcar â€“ and he got Wilson Palacios from Wigan in January which I thought was a good signing for him â€“ to bring that steel into midfield. "They have started well and there is a good degree of experience, so Harry has a realistic chance of breaking into the top four this season. "It's difficult to say at this stage whether they will be the strongest challengers to the top four but Spurs20and Man City are probably ahead of the rest at the moment."