Date: 27th October 2009 at 2:08pm
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Owen Hargreaves’ return to the United first team has been delayed yet again: Sir Alex is considering bringing him back for the Champions League group game at Wolfsburg which will be at December 8.

Fergie said it depended on whether the game will have any significance and also stressed that Hargreaves was very pleased with his own progress. However, it definitely looks like caution is overwhelming in this case: I mean Hargreaves had been scheduled to return by August!

That was, of course, impossible but when the squad for the Champions League had been registered Fergie said Hargreaves could play in the last three games, not just in the last one! November, with CSKA and Besiktas visiting Old Trafford seemed a perfect opportunity for Hargreaves to make his comeback – but it’s delayed again.

I sincerely hope that the start of December is indeed the final date now because it’s more than a year since we’ve last seen Owen Hargreaves in competitive action. And Sunday’s game showed we could do with his energy and ability.