April 2nd, 2010



Owen Hargreaves could return to Manchester United squad for Chelsea

• Owen Hargreaves in line for place on Manchester United bench
• Jon O'Shea also close to first-team return

Owen Hargreaves could be back in the Manchester United squad to face Chelsea tomorrow.

Sir Alex Ferguson revealed this morning that he is considering bringing Hargreaves – who has not played a first-team game since September 2008 after undergoing surgery to both knees – and John O'Shea back into the fold over the coming week.

O'Shea has been absent since suffering complications in his recovery from a dead leg sustained in the Republic of Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat to France in November.

Although it appears O'Shea is closer to a comeback, the fact that Hargreaves is not part of United's European squad and therefore unavailable for Wednesday's quarter-final second-leg against his former club Bayern Munich lends weight to the belief Ferguson will have the 29-year-old on the bench against Chelsea.

"John O'Shea and Owen Hargreaves have trained very well with the first team," said Ferguson. "They are not far away and I may use one of them as substitute tomorrow and the other on Wednesday.

"John O'Shea in particular has done a lot of work. The boy has come on terrifically well in the last two or three weeks. If I include one tomorrow and one on Wednesday it will give them the confidence that they are back. That is what they need."


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