Owen makes safe return to action


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From the BBC News Desk

Newcastle and England striker Michael Owen comes safely through a friendly on Monday.

Owen, 27, missed the Premier League opener at Bolton with a thigh problem but has declared himself fit to play a part against Aston Villa on Saturday.

England have been rocked by the news that injured Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney faces a two-month lay-off.

But Owen told his club's website: "I feel fine, it was only a small injury."

Rooney, 21, suffered a hairline fracture to his left foot against Reading on Sunday and will miss England's friendly against Germany on 22 August as well as the crucial Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel on 8 September and Russia four days later.

Owen missed most of last season as he recovered from major knee surgery and his bad luck appeared to be continuing when he was ruled out of the bulk of Newcastle's pre-season games.