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Owen blames Liverpool mismanagement for injury problems

Published on Dec 8, 2012 7:16 AM
Stoke City's Michael Owen warms up ahead of the the Premiership football match against Manchester City at The Brittania Stadium in Stoke on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Former England striker Michael Owen has blamed mismanagement in his early days at Liverpool for the injuries that have blighted his career.

Writing on his website ( on Friday, the Stoke City player also said he would not have had so many fitness worries if he had joined Liverpool's rivals Manchester United at a younger age.

Owen, who signed for Stoke in September but has made only four substitute appearances for the Premier League club, is sidelined with a hamstring injury, a problem that has followed him throughout his career.

"It is my genuine opinion I have become injury prone due to overplaying at a young age," he explained. "In my case I certainly feel like I played too much too soon.

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