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Stoke boss wary of too much expectation over Owen signing

Tony Pulis will not be putting too much pressure on new Stoke signing Michael Owen. The 32-year-old former Manchester United and Liverpool striker, dogged by a catalogue of injury problems throughout his career, says he feels in good enough condition to feature and he will be assessed by Pulis ahead of kick-off.

Boss Pulis wants to try to ease the pressure and has been keen to emphasise that Owen is very much part of a group of forwards in his squad.

"I think by bringing Michael in now, we have got different options," Pulis said.

"We'll see how it goes - I don't want to put too much pressure on him.

"I just want him to come and enjoy his football and get fit and sharp again at a club where he knows if he plays well, he will have an opportunity."

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