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Shearer: Newcastle need Owen to avoid surgery

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer admits it's crucial for club and country that Michael Owen avoids surgery.

He said: "I hope there's nothing the matter with him because not only Newcastle, but England need him firing on all cylinders.

"He needs a good run in the team and to be scoring plenty of goals, and then Newcastle will challenge, I am sure.

"I don't know the situation, I haven't spoken to him. I don't know what it is.

"I have read it is maybe groin or maybe hernia or whatever. I don't really know what it is, if anything.

"I have only seen what Sam has said. He took him off as a precaution and hopefully, that's all it is."

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