Fergie: Owen injury not serious

Reports had suggested the 31-year-old striker could miss the

remainder of the season with an injury sustained in training but

Ferguson insists the damage is not serious and while Owen will miss

Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Crawley at Old Trafford, he could be

available for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Marseille.

“Michael suffered a small injury during the week which will force

him out tomorrow,” said Ferguson. “It is disappointing because I

was going to play him but there is no point taking a risk and he

could be available for the Marseille game on Wednesday.” Ferguson

was happy to expand on Antonio Valencia though, who broke his ankle

in September and is edging towards a first-team return. “Antonio

has done a full week with the reserves doing non-contact work,”

said Ferguson. “Everything is right about him. We would hope he

would get into contact work with the reserves and join us by the

end of next week.”