Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Roma Hope That Owen Is Missing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Roma Hope That Owen Is Missing

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Byline: PAUL THOMSON

ROMA coach Fabio Capello admits the presence of Liverpool's Michael Owen could have a crucial bearing on the outcome of tonight's Champions League clash at Anfield.

The England striker is set to undergo a late fitness test on a hamstring injury and Capello said: "I would like to know if Owen is playing but Liverpool have a strong squad with many other good players. It would be better, though, if he wasn't playing."

Phil Thompson, Liverpool's assistant manager, puts Owen's chances of playing at no better than 50-50 and insisted that the player will have to be 100 per cent fit to be in the team even though Liverpool need to win by two clear goals to guarantee qualifying for the quarterfinals.

Midfielder Francesco Totti is the only doubt for the Italian League leaders with a thigh problem and may be saved for this weekend's top-oftableclash with Inter Milan.

Capello vowed there would be no repeat of the shameful scenes which followed last week ' s 1 - 1 draw with Galatasaray in Rome. …

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