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The Stoke striker missed out on a reunion with former club Liverpool last weekend due to injury, but hopes to be ready in time for a return to another old stomping ground

Stoke City striker Michael Owen has revealed he is "desperate" to return to full fitness in time to face Manchester United after the international break.

The 32-year-old missed out on Sunday's clash with boyhood club Liverpool at Anfield after feeling tightness in his groin in training.

However, he is keen to make it back in time to face the club he left on a free transfer in the summer at Old Trafford.

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"I was looking at it thinking Liverpool away and Manchester United away, it was going to be an interesting October," Owen told Sky Sports News.

"Obviously I missed the first one but I am desperate to be fit for the second one.

"The lads are playing out of their skin at the moment so it's hard to get in the team, but my fitness is coming week by week and I am really excited about the challenge ahead."

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