Manchester United have been handed another striker boost in a week where 'forgotten man' Michael Owen reminded everyone of his talents.

In the absence of Javier Hernandez, the former England international forward scored twice in a 3-0 win over Leeds United in the Carling Cup, subsequently announcing to Sir Alex Ferguson that he should be in first team contention.

A long-term injury to the Mexican could have provided Owen with an opportunity, but 'Chicharito' has defied expectation to make a training return for the Red Devils.

"It's just a bump, nothing more. It looked like [his absence] would be longer," said agent Eduardo Hernández.

"They were looking for a fracture, that's why they ran those tests on him. [But] I expect him to be training without incident on Wednesday."


Ferguson had first feared that 'the Little Pea' would be out of action for around two weeks following the tackle described by the Scottish boss as 'shocking'.

However, reports in The Guardian claimed scans were successful, and Ferguson will be ready to select the player next week for the Champions League clash against Basel.

Hernandez is likely to be eager for selection this weekend though, with competition for places fierce and the player scoring twice at Stoke last term.

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