Injured striker Michael Owen has given Newcastle United a boost by claiming he may play this season.
The injury-plaugued striker has been sidelined since suffering a serious knee injury while on international duty with England at the World Cup, and although he is still some months away from a first-team return, Owen is hoping to play some part in the Magpies' season.
"I've had five weeks since my final operation and that means I might be back in six or seven months if everything goes fine," he told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
"I could play again this season which would be nice."
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old has pledged his future to the club and insists he will remain for as long as he is wanted on Tyneside.
"In terms of how long I stay at Newcastle, I'm here as long as everybody wants me," Owen continued.
"I had four years on my contract when I signed last year, so I would say at least that length of time and then you'd have to ask the chairman for the rest."