Former Manchester United and Manchester City midfielder Owen Hargreaves has started training with QPR, the west London club confirmed today.

The former England international has seen his career destroyed by chronic knee injuries so far, and was released by Manchester United having joined the club in 2007 for around £17 million last summer having made just 18 league starts for the club.

The 31-year-old then went onto join rivals Manchester City last year but played just four times before being released again earlier this summer.

Hargreaves is training with QPR at their training base at Harligton, with Rs boss Mark Hughes insisting that the Canadian-born midfielder won’t necessarily be signing for the Loftus Road outfit.

"Owen is training with the group. There is no obligation for either party,” Hughes told QPR’s official website.

"He is keen to retain his fitness and we are more than happy to help him by allowing him to train with us and use our facility at Harlington."

The Canadian-born midfielder earned 42 caps for England and featured for the Three Lions at the 2006 World Cup.

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