Owen plans vital contribution

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Manchester United striker Michael Owen is eager to play a part in the club's end of season title run-in, as he continues his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

The 32-year-old has not featured for Sir Alex Ferguson's side since November, but is determined to add to his four appearances and three goals this term, by making a vital contribution during the remaining fixtures.

In Owen's absence, the Red Devils have regained their place at the top of the Premier League table, and currently sit five points clear of local rivals Manchester City, with just seven games left to play.

"I have to get myself to a stage where I could be available for the last four or five matches," the former England international told Sky Sports. "To a certain extent that would be my job done.

"If I am available, should we get an injury or need a goal in the last 10 minutes then I am there and the manager knows I have a track record that suggests I can do something.

"Whether I play or not is the manager's decision but I can get myself into that position."

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United forward admits that 2011-12 has been a frustrating campaign on a personal level, with so much time spent on the sidelines away from the first-team fold.

Whilst the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez have continued to garner headlines for their impressive performances when leading the United line, Owen has been forced to watch on from the stands.

"The nightmare is going into training every day, everyone seeing you, asking how you are getting on and how far you are off, then you toddle off into the gym and they toddle off the other way to train," he explained. "It is hard. You feel as if you are not playing any part.

"I have played hundreds of games at the top level - England, Champions League, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United. I have been there and done it. But you want it all the time.

"Not being involved for most of this season has left me hurting inside. And this where you get itchy feet. You can see it. You can virtually go out there and train with them."

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