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European: Beckham's injury threw Owen a lifeline

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posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 04:56 AM
Michael Owen admits he may owe his breakthrough into the Real Madrid team to David Beckham's injury.

Beckham has been out since he fractured his rib in a challenge on Ben Thatcher in the World Cup qualifier with Wales on October 9.

However, it has turned out to be a secret blessing for Owen who has been able to take advantage of Beckham's absence and establish himself in the Primera Liga side.

After a difficult start to his career in Spain the England striker has now scored three goals in three games and hopes he can remain established in the first team on Beckham's return.

Owen told the Sunday Mirror: "I would never have thought David's injury would get me into the team.

"Obviously, we play in totally different positions but the way it's worked the manager has reshuffled the pack a little bit.

"He's brought Zidane inside and brought Raul back to left midfield and I've come in up front.

"So, in a way you could say David's injury has given me the opportunity."


[Edited on 31/10/04 by TRD]


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