Stoke boss Pulis warns Owen: You're not ready

Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has told Michael Owen he's not ready to make a playing return.

Owen declared himself "raring to go" after coming through 70 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday in a bid to step up his fitness after struggling with groin and hamstring niggles.

Pulis said: "Michael did smashing on Tuesday, came through 70 minutes, but he needs more work on the training ground.

"He needs another couple of weeks of full training, another game or two first before we chuck him back in."

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