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Michael Owen took another stride towards confirming his availability for England's World Cup qualifier with Wales on Saturday by taking part in the main training session at Manchester United's Carrington HQ on Thursday.
Owen has set himself a deadline of Thursday to prove he was over the back muscle problem which flared up during Real Madrid's Primera Liga defeat to Deportivo La Coruna last weekend.
Owen had already done better than expected by linking up with the main squad for the second half of training on Wednesday after coming through a solo session with England physio Gary Lewin.
His presence with the squad on virtually assures coach Sven-Goran Eriksson his most prolific scorer will be fit, leaving the Swede the tricky dilemma of whether to name the out-of-form forward in his starting line-up.