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Michael Owen’s surgeon believes the striker will be fit for England’s two Euro 2008 qualifiers later this month.

Owen underwent surgery in Germany for a groin problem and is currently recuperating.

Dr Ulrike Muschaweck is hopeful he will be available for England.

“With this type of injury, after 10 to 12, a maximum of 14 days, he is back into full activity,” she said.

“He will start training Monday or Tuesday and every day do a little bit more and after eight to 10 days he will make a full recovery.”

Asked whether he would be able to play for England, Muschaweck added: “I hope so and I think so, yes.

“There is no problem to be expected after the operation, not at all.”

However, Owen told the News of the World that he remains more cautious about his prospects of being fit for the crucial England games.

He said: “Medical advice will decide how quickly I’ll be back but I’d rather remain cautious than set unrealistic targets. I don’t want to tempt fate.

“In the back of my mind, before I had the surgery, I had focused on Newcastle’s 22 October Premier League game against Tottenham – the first after the international break – for a possible return.

“Anything before that, including England’s two Euro qualifiers against Estonia and Russia, would be a bonus.

“I shall cling to the hope I can play for England but people must accept that Newcastle have to come first at the moment.

“They pay my wages and I have missed far too many games since joining them to put them at the back of the queue as far as priorities go.

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