Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said that Michael Owen’s injury isn’t as bad he first feared, but concedes playing the striker against Wolfsburg was a gamble.
Having passed a late fitness test on Wednesday, Owen lasted just 20 minutes of the Champions League group stage match after aggravating a groin strain.
Ferguson expected to be without the 29-year-old for three weeks, but now believes he will be fit for the first match after the international break on October 17 against Bolton.
“It’s not as bad as we first thought,” Ferguson said. “We are quite pleased. Obviously it is understandable we wanted to take precautions given his past history but we are quite comfortable with the situation.
“He did miss training earlier this week so maybe we should have left him out. But he wanted to play and I wanted him to play. Thankfully it is not a big problem for us.”