OWEN CANNOT WAIT

Muscle and The Stoke city striker Michael Owen has said that he cannot wait to get on the pitch once again after returning to full fitness following a groin injury that has kept him out of action for more than six weeks.

The former Manchester United and Liverpool striker was a free transfer this summer, but he has struggled with injury problems like in the past. He has managed just 51 min of action on the pitch for his new team, which have led to doubts whether he would stay at the Britannia stadium beyond the end of the season.

The striker signed a 12 month contract with the club when joining them in the summer, but he does have the option of extending his deal by one more year if he makes a certain number of appearances over the course of the campaign. Owen has attributed the lack of a proper pre-season to the number of injury problems he has faced since joining Stoke. However, he is looking forward to help the team at a crucial stage in the season. The 32-year-old is the record goal scorer for the England national team amongst the current crop of players. However, injury problems have worsened in the last few seasons.

"I am healthy and raring to go. It depends on me now to stay fit and perform. I have to wait for the opportunity, but hopefully I can take it when it does come. I've had muscular problems which have probably come from not having a solid pre-season. But that's gone; I want to look forward and hopefully iron out the niggles and get on with playing some games. It's a key period because the games are coming thick and fast and there are a lot of points to be had around Christmas," said Owen.