Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that striker Michael Owen will be fit enough to return to first team action within a matter of weeks.

Owen complained of a groin problem after training on Sunday and was hoping that the injury wouldn’t trouble him during last night’s Champions League match against Wolfsburg.

But having started the game and with England coach Fabio Capello in attendance, Owen was forced off after just 20 minutes.

Ferguson'  admitted the 29-year-old will need a short spell on the sidelines, although he expects him fit and available within three weeks saying:

fergie on owen injury Groins are groins, though, and on a wet surface like that, he has turned quickly, it has gone again and we have had to take him off.

It’s not serious, but groin injuries can be troublesome and it could be two to three weeks. The only good part is that his fitness levels are very good, so there shouldn’t be too much of a worry with that.

Capello refused to comment as he left Old Trafford last night but with Owen not having played for the Italian since March last year, his latest injury problem will have done little to enhance his chances of forcing his way back in to the squad.

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