Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce says that striker Michael Owen has yet to hit top gear yet. Owen is returning from injury and scored three goals in two games for England. The Newcastle United forward took his international goal tally to forty but Allardyce says there is more to come.

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“He can still get better. He has still got lots to do in terms of his rehabilitation. He has to be disciplined in the fact that things are going well now, but he still has to do his exercises on his own,” said the Newcastle boss. “He has to keep up his rehab on his own over and above what we do on a day-to-day basis to make sure he stays stronger and fitter than he has ever been before. If that’s the case, he can continue to score goals, hopefully not just for England, but for Newcastle United.”

Allardyce will now be hoping that Owen, who picked up a serious injury at last year’s World Cup, can carry his fine form into Newcastle’s trip to Derby on Monday, a game being shown live on Setanta Sports.

“I just hope it continues from here on now. To come back (from England duty) with that sort of confidence under his belt is a great, great boost for us all.” Discover more