Stoke Fear Owen's Injury Problems Have Not Gone Away!

Last updated : 26 June 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor

Peter Coates: "If I said to Tony, 'Would you like Michael Owen'? he would probably say 'Yes'.

"But equally, you have got to look at it in the round, haven't you? It isn't just Michael Owen, it's the impact it has on your squad, the impact it could have on your wage bill.

"There is always the worry with Michael, because of recent years, how often is he going to play? They are no good to you if they are not playing, and it is more painful than ever if you are having to pay them a lot of wages.

"A factor with Michael is there is no transfer fee, obviously, and that would be attractive for everybody.

"But you have got to look at the other things."