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Owen to make Newcastle bench for Villa clash

Michael Owen will make Newcastle United's bench for today's relegation decider at Aston Villa.

The Mail on Sunday says Owen, who is out of contract this summer and set to leave St James' Park on a Bosman free transfer, missed last weekend's home defeat by Fulham because of a groin strain and there were fears he would be ruled out of the final game of the season.

But Alan Shearer has given him every chance to get fit and, after Owen trained successfully yesterday, Newcastle's manager is result at Villa than Hull do at home to Manchester United, or if they win and Sunderland lose at home to Chelsea.

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