Hargreaves hoping injury nightmare is behind him

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Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes his injury nightmare is almost at an end as he targets a return to action in the near future.

The England international played his last match for the Red Devils in September 2008 and has since had two knee operations.

However, he returned to the club's Carrington training complex a fortnight ago after long-term rehabilitation in Colorado under the watchful eye of renowned knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman and that has boosted his hopes about playing again.

"It is difficult to say an exact date but I do feel I can see light at the end of the tunnel now," the 28-year-old told the Manchester Evening News

"Coming back to Manchester was a big step. Having people from United around me also makes me realise I am getting closer.

"I am coming back to have a massive effect and to play well and for us to win titles.

"It is not about getting back for one game or for one day, I want to come back and be back for another six or eight years.

"I have thought about playing again a lot. It is human nature to have doubts obviously.

"I had little moments but I never had one moment of major doubt that I'd be back."