Old Trafford star again suffers setback.
Manchester United is waiting for the results of a scan on the thigh injury striker Michael Owen suffered at Old Trafford last night.
The injury-plagued front-man was handed a rare start in United’s 2-0 Champions League win over Otelul Galati.
Owen was involved in the build-up to Antonio Valencia’s eighth minute opener but now faces another period out on the sidelines.
The 31-year-old suffered a thigh injury while making a run to the near post which he knew immediately meant he would not be able to continue.
The England international was eventually replaced by Javier Hernandez and expressed his own frustrations on Twitter after the match.
Now in his third season at United, Owen was making his 52nd appearance, almost two thirds of which have been as a substitute.
However, he has been blighted by fitness problems since injuring his hamstring during a goalscoring appearance in the 2010 Carling Cup final and now there are fears over how long Owen will be sidelined for once more.
“We are assessing it this morning,” said Ferguson. “He is having a scan done but he won’t be available for Saturday.
“Hopefully it is not too long but it is a killer because he has started the season very well. His performances in training have been terrific.
“We wouldn’t have scored that goal if Michael had not made his run so it is a bit of a blow.”
Ferguson also reported midfielder Anderson was a doubt after suffering a “knock” in the game.
Ashley Young, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley will miss Saturday’s clash with Sunderland through injury and will not be involved in England’s forthcoming matches against Spain and Sweden.