Owen undergoes surgery to pin broken bone in foot

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The Newcastle striker Michael Owen will undergo an operation to pin his broken toe in Manchester today.

The Newcastle manager Graeme Souness confirmed that his £16m signing will undergo surgery to repair the metatarsal he fractured during the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Saturday. "He will have his operation tomorrow and he will be out for three months," said Souness following yesterday afternoon's 2-2 derby draw with Middlesbrough at St James' Park.

Owen suffered the injury in an accidental collision with the Spurs goalkeeper and his England team-mate Paul Robinson at White Hart Lane.

The 26-year-old fears he could be sidelined for up to 13 weeks, having spoken to his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, who suffered a similar injury. However, he is confident he will join Gerrard in Sven Goran Eriksson's England squad for this summer's World Cup in Germany, and aims to make his return for Newcastle before then.

"I have been given the name of a good surgeon and I am going to have a pin inserted," he said. "It is not essential, and some players have done without it, but I have been advised it should give me the best chance of a strong and quick recovery. I don't need any miracles to be playing again this season and, fingers crossed, I will see at least a month of the Premiership season as well as the World Cup."

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