Michael Owen: I couldn't have done any more at Newcastle

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The former striker has defended his effort and work-rate during his time on Tyneside and rues his injury luck.

Michael Owen has defended his Newcastle United tenure, claiming there was nothing more he could have done at St James' Park, according to a Q & A conducted on Sportlobster.

Far from claiming he was satisfied with what was ultimately a deeply disappointing spell at St James' Park, however, Owen did defend the effort and work-rate he put in during his time on Tyneside.

Indeed, according to the 35-year-old, there was nothing more he could have done at Newcastle, as he was scoring frequently to start with alongside club icon Alan Shearer.

Owen, though, was desperately unfortunate with injuries and one specific injury curtailed his career with the Magpies - one he says he sustained by putting the club first.

Owen was asked: 'Were you satisfied with your time at Newcastle United, considering the fee paid and everything else?'

He replied: "I wasn’t satisfied but, when you look back and ask if I could’ve done more, well, possibly not. I enjoyed a great start, as Alan Shearer and I were banging in the goals up until Christmas.

"Unfortunately, I picked up an injury by throwing my body in where it hurts and putting my club first."

The former Newcastle striker turned out for Manchester United and Stoke City after leaving St James' Park, although fitness concerns once again limited his playing time for both clubs before he eventually retired.

The Magpies host Southampton in today's late kick-off in the Premier League.

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