Football: Owen back in the fray

MICHAEL OWEN will make his comeback in a closed-doors game today to give a boost to Liverpool and England after four months of inactivity.

The teenage striker starts his return from his hamstring injury in a match against Crewe Alexandra at Liverpool's Melwood training ground.

Owen has been out of action since sustaining a painful tear at Leeds in April. England's coach, Kevin Keegan, will be awaiting a report on the forward's progress before he names his squad this week for the European Championship qualifiers against Luxembourg and Poland.

Liverpool's manager, Gerard Houllier, may consider Owen for an early first-team return against Arsenal this weekend.