Friday, March 26, 2010

Hargreaves steps up comeback

Owen Hargreaves will start full training with United's first team, and Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to get the 29-year-old involved in the title run-in.

Hargreaves pulled on the red shirt for the first time in 18 months for United's Reserves' 2-0 win over Burnley last week. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were due to play the Clarets again tonight, but the game has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Accrington. Hargreaves would not have played anyway, as Sir Alex wants to get the midfielder involved more with the first team and hopefully back into action again soon. "Owen won't play for the Reserves tonight," the boss told on Thursday morning, before news of the game's postponement. "He’s going to be training with the first team and we’ll see where that takes him. We’re keen to get him back involved because he’s an experienced player and will be a valuable addition for us in the run-in, when having a strong, fit squad is vital." It's a significant step for Hargreaves, who has not played first-team football since September 2008 after undergoing double knee surgery to cure a tendonitis problem. The Reds midfielder was not registered to play in the Champions League knockout rounds, but if his step up in training with the first team is successful then he could be available for United's remaining league fixtures