Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that England striker Michael Owen is likely to miss the start of the Barclays Premier League season with a thigh injury.

Owen, whose career on Tyneside has been beset by injuries, played just three times for the Magpies last term and has failed to respond to treatment on an injury that has wrecked his pre-season programme.

Allardyce told the Daily Mail: "It doesn´t look as encouraging as we first thought.

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